More flooding expected this weekend in Midwest

Posted February 24, 2018

At major flood stage, the Ohio River will affect low-lying properties and may enter homes and outbuildings adjacent to the River.

Portions of Indiana, Kentucky, and OH, including LEWIS COUNTY.

"You're never sure how deep it is or what it has done to the structure of the road, so we ask motorists to not go around those barricades". The rain will reach its peak coverage around 7 a.m. Friday then diminish quickly through the late morning.

A flood warning for urban areas and small streams remains in effect for northern Kosciusko and LaGrange counties until 11:45 p.m. tonight, the weather service said.

After a soggy week of weather, skies will clear Sunday.

Flooding also hit nearby Michigan State University, where some roads, parking lots and athletic fields were covered by water from the Red Cedar River that runs through its East Lansing campus.

One of thousands of people forced from their homes due to flooding in Brantford, Ont., thanked first responders for keeping things "under control". As of Thursday afternoon, the river was at 16.4 feet there.

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Monitoring stations show the river has pushed into moderate flood stage at over 56 feet.

M-21 in Ionia County is closed east of Muir, as the Maple River is expected to go over the bridge.

Centre Wellington Fire and Rescue asssited with a swift water rescue in the early hours Wednesday morning near Grand Valley, Ont., but deputy chief Tom Mulvey said there is danger close to home as well. The weather was been blamed for hundreds of vehicle crashes and several deaths, including a crash that killed four people along a slippery interstate in Nebraska. The officials made the decision for the sake of the safety of the city and its citizens and are expected to take down the flood walls Wednesday when the river settles back to its normal height.

Flooding continues to be the main hazard through the period.

By Sunday, the weather service expects the water to be flowing at 33,600 cubic feet per second past the Blue Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says county and city officials have been receiving reports of a discrepancy with water levels and various benchmarks of previous flooding. Water may be deeper than it appears.

If temperatures had remained chilly, these waves of rain could instead have resulted in "serious amounts of snow through a multiple-day event", Coulson said.

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