Emergency declared in Elkhart, Indiana, Michigan to Texas face severe flooding, 2 dead

 Thursday, February 22, 2018 


floodThe risk of urban and small stream flooding will continue while multiple rivers are already at or projected to reach major flood stage in the central United States over the next several days.
Almost a month’s worth rain fell on some location from Texas to Michigan in less than 48 hours.


The Southern Plains to the lower Great Lakes and Appalachians into this weekend will have additional rains.
Melting snow, frozen ground and drenching rainfall into Monday has resulted in secondary waterways in Illinois, Indiana, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and northwestern Ohio well out of their banks.
The heaviest rain will fall farther south and east and major communities along the Illinois, Kankakee, Grand, St. Joseph, Iroquois, Des Plaines, Elkhart, Yellow, Tiffin, Tippecanoe.



Ohio, Tennessee and lower Mississippi basins are expected to have periodic heavy rain fall.
A state of emergency was declared in Elkhart, Indiana as the St. Joseph River  that flows through the town rose into major flood stage.
Due to rising floods classes were canceled at Elkhart Central High School and more school cancellations are possible later this week.
Ohio and middle to lower Mississippi rivers over the next couple of weeks might face minor to moderate flooding as it takes much longer for the flooding cycle to occur on the large rivers.
Areas from northeastern Texas to southern Indiana may receive between 4 and 8 inches of rain this week with locally higher amounts by Sunday.
This area will also be at greatest risk for new flooding of widespread nature in urban areas, small streams and secondary rivers.
Areas in southern Arkansas, northern Mississippi, middle Tennessee, eastern Kentucky, West Virginia, central Pennsylvania and central Ohio can expect incidents of isolated flooding.
This will be most prominent during each bout of drenching rainfall into Sunday.
The region experiencing or at risk for flooding is expected to catch a break from the relentless rainfall fro, Sunday to the middle of the next week.



State police said that a one year old girl was found dead in standing water in her family’s Michigan backyard, she reportedly wandered away from her home and entered the water.



A 52-year-old woman died when are vehicle rolled into a flooded ditch and was submerged along the Illinois Route 45.

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