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Old 04-22-2013, 12:26 AM
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Default Floods in the Mid-West???

First I've heard of this:

"Surging rivers near crest, but many Midwestern towns already inundated

Jeff Roberson / AP

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, walks away from floodwaters after meeting with members of the Missouri National Guard as they make flood preparations Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Clarksville, Mo.
By Matthew DeLuca, Staff Writer, NBC News

Heavy river flooding in six Midwestern states that forced evacuations, shut down bridges, swamped homes and caused at least three deaths was at or near crest in some areas Sunday evening.

Rivers surged from the Quad Cities to St. Louis Sunday, with water levels reaching record heights. Hours earlier, National Guardsmen, volunteers, homeowners and jail inmates pitched in with sandbagging to hold back floodwaters that closed roads in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Record flooding swelled in Grand Rapids, Mich., with a crest of over 22 feet expected late Sunday into Monday. The water is expected to peak sometime Monday.

The basements of some homes in the town of Comstock Park, Mich., were already full of water even before the surge Sunday morning, and the new swell forced some residents to leave their houses by boat.

“I’m surrounded by water all the way around my house,” resident Gary Smith told Grand Rapids NBC-affiliate WOOD-TV. “When I step out, I have a porch and then I have one step that’s still visible, and then I step down into at least three feet of water, four feet of water.”

The Chicago-area, which was hit by widespread flooding over the weekend, was dry for much of the period. But more rain may be on the way on Tuesday and Wednesday as a developing cold front could bring as much as an inch of precipitation to the region, forecasters said.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency as record flooding occurred at a dozen river gauges across the state over the weekend.

All hands pitched in as the hard-hit town of Clarksville, Mo., worked to keep back the waters of the Mississippi River from the historic downtown area.

The river was at 34.7 feet on Sunday afternoon, over 10 feet above the 25-foot flood stage – and was expected to rise another foot before cresting Monday, according to the AP.

“This is frustrating for people,” Trish Connelly, 57, told the Associated Press. “This isn’t as bad as 2008, but thank God it stopped raining.”

Hundreds were evacuated from towns in Indiana as the Wabash River rose by 14 feet on Saturday. Authorities in the town of Montezuma, Ind. called in volunteer firefighters to help fill sandbags as waters looked to crest at twice the normal flood stage.

“Right now we are just trying to help people,” town council President Allen Cobb told WTWO. “We’re just trying to keep people calm at this point, let them know the facts as we know them and put down some of the rumors they’re hearing.”

Indiana resident Robert Morgan, 64, of Arcadia, died Friday night after his car was caught by floodwaters and swept 100 yards downstream in Hamilton County, according to a statement from the local sheriff’s office.

The body of another driver and Arcadia resident, 42-year-old David A. Baker, was recovered on Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office. Police responded after receiving a distress call from Baker’s cell phone in the early hours of Saturday, and later recovered his vehicle and dog. Baker’s body was recovered on Sunday morning.

A third confirmed flood-related death occurred in Missouri, according to Weather.com.
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Default Re: Floods in the Mid-West???

I'm not surprised. With all the snow we have had throughout the entire midwest I don't see how it couldn't. Now for the really fun part. Because it won't warm up here in the North, it's (our cold air) going to hit the warmer moist air in the South and you are going to have tornados going around like flocks of birds. I was saying two months ago, the Red River valleye should have made their full time hobby bagging sand. When it finally starts to melt, they are going to be in deep trouble as well.

I won't have any trouble here other than wrecking the fishing probably. We have Lake of the Woods, a million acre flood control pond, and high banks on the river. They dropped the river level pretty far a few weeks back because I think they are planning on a lot of run off. Provided it ever warms up. Surrounding areas may be in for a rough time. If I lived in Roseau, Fargo or some place like that, I wouldn't have a single valuable at ground level by now.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:42 AM
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Default Re: Floods in the Mid-West???

Yep there is some flooding going on, but that water has to go somewhere. KC area has not been bad from what I can tell, but where I go fly fishing the rivers have been a little higher than normal and there are some places with a little flooding, but nothing that is harming anyone.
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Default Re: Floods in the Mid-West???

My girlfriend's family lives in a suburb north of Chicago and they have been pumping rain water out of the yard for the last three days to prevent it from running into the basement. The good news in all this is that the Mississippi River should finally have enough water to run the barges.
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The rivers around here are NUTS!! I havent seen this this high in YEARS. A couple days ago we got almost 2" of rain in less then 12 hours. Thats was just our area, the whole state had it. They are starting to fall alittle bit but they are still WAY up.
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Seems like it happens every five years.
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