Area under flood watch until Wednesday


As of Wednesday the Raisin was 4.3 feet below its flood stage - listed there as an elevation, 650.0 feet - and rising.

A flood watch now encompasses all but two of Arkansas' counties ahead of a system that is expected to bring several inches of rain, the National Weather Service said. "We have a history of seven floods over 100 years", says Mayor Doug Craig, "so we know what we're doing in terms of preparing, but there's still going to be flooding".

Jim Schubert, owner of the M&M Cafe in Monticello, views the Little Sugar River from the kitchen of his business Wednesday.

No rain yet to add to the river totals and that is the tricky part of the river forecast.

Similar scenarios can be found throughout much of southern Wisconsin where flooding was reported on a dozen rivers and creeks as well as in eastern Wisconsin from Sheboygan County down to Kenosha County, according to the National Weather Service.

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Flood warnings already were posted for minor flooding upstream on the Maumee.

He said no one was injured in the incidents. There were no injuries. A flood warning is in effect into Thursday and numerous roads are closed. "The water is moving really fast across the roads so it's very unsafe. It's a really big problem", said Ahmad.

"People are warned to stay away from ditches, stream, rivers and ponds because the combination of slippery banks and old, fast-flowing water is risky", said Gagnon. The Detroit area also could surpass a record.

Untreated wastewater is being discharged into the Elkhart River, according to the department, which it said is permitted by state law when capacity is exceeded. "We're waiting to get the water out before we figure out how much damage we have".

It's the ice on the river that has made predictions hard, Gross said. The lane and shoulder was back open by Tuesday evening.

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One of the best ways to stay on top of the latest weather developments where you live is to have our FREE KTRE First Alert weather app. on both your smart phone and tablet devices. Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese said Wednesday that about 19 people had been evacuated from homes in low-lying residential areas. "Everybody is helping everybody out". It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small auto, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles.

The flooding resulted in several instances of ruined vehicles Tuesday when drivers ignored high water signs on county roads and tried to drive through water, according to county officials.

In the South, record-setting warmth continues east of the Mississippi River, potentially increasing the vulnerability of budding and blooming fruit crops to spring freezes.

The weather service hydrologic outlook indicates the Clinton River could rise above the 16-foot flood stage. In Goshen, the NWS is predicting the Elkhart River level will crest at 11.8 feet Wednesday. Flooding starts at 9 feet in Afton. Some portions of the state could see even higher amounts.

"It's a few thousand feet per second that was in the original forecast that is now out of the forecast", he said.

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