Flood Watch Issued As Temperatures Rise & Rain Falls
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 22, 2018,
Feb 22, 2018, 14:17
The highest risk is centered over more of the eastern counties, but flooding is possible in Denton County even though the area has been dry.
The National Weather Service office in northern in near Syracuse said Fort Wayne was on track for record rainfall and moderate river flooding before this week's storm systems exit the area Thursday. Local schools were closed because of the flooding and an emergency shelter was set up to help evacuees overnight, The Elkhart Truth newspaper reported.
The combination of melting snow, frozen ground and high river levels could bring minor flooding.
Chicago got a record 2.1 inches of rain on Tuesday, almost doubling the old February 20 record of 1.16 inches set in 2014, according to the National Weather Service. In the West, occasional snow showers will accompany a continuation of cold weather.
"If there is any property they want to protect, they need to take action now", he said. Do not drive into any flooded roads near these rivers, and do not drive around barricades closing down flooded roads.
Floodwaters continue to rise in parts of MI as a storm sweeps across the Midwest and Great Plans, bringing heavy rains, snow and ice.
MATTAWAN, Mich. - Sandbags were holding back floodwaters in parts of MI as a storm system moved across several Midwest and Great Plains states on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain, snow and ice to the region. The driver was listed in serious condition.
The Weather Prediction Center 7 day rain outlook has the heaviest totals from NE Texas up through the Cincinnati area.
The Chicago River, Des Plaines River, Thorn Creek, and Little Calumet River were among waterways near or above flood stage on Wednesday, after 1 to 4 inches of rain fell across the Chicago area from Sunday evening through Wednesday morning.
Rainfall for the month and year are already well above average and the Weather Service says we could get anything from three to five more inches by the end of the week.
Flooding is now a concern across the area this midday. "Another one to potentially two inches of rain is expected through tonight".
Heavy rainfall, accompanied by a sharp drop in temperatures, began entering Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday afternoon.
He also said that the high water on roads that are not closed can be hiding large potholes and motorists should slow way down when traveling through standing water to avoid damaging their vehicles. It will go into effect Wednesday afternoon. Pleasant, Big Rapids, Alma, Greenville, Clare, Ithaca, Hart, Newaygo, Evart, Stanton, White Cloud, Shelby, Muskegon Heights, St. Louis, Fremont, Roosevelt Park, North Muskegon, Whitehall and Reed City.