Midwest impacted by minor flooding

Flooding also reported in California and Michigan while firefighters brace for more wildfires.

BALTIMORE | February 24, 2009


Residents living along the Kanakee river can expect water levels to continue to fall on Tuesday. The river reached flood levels last week when temperatures caused high amounts of snow to fall. The Kanakee River reaches flood levels at 9 feet. Water levels in the river have reached as much as 10 feet, but are expected to fall to 9.6 feet on Tuesday. The flood warning includes several counties in eastern and northern Indiana.

The Illinois river is also expected to rise to flood stages on Tuesday. The National Weather Service issued the flood warning for several counties in eastern Illinois based on precipitation forecasts for the next 24 hours. As of Monday night, waters reached 15.4 feet, almost a foot and a half higher than flood stages.

The White River in north central Arkansas is also flooding. It is currently more than 5 feet above flood levels. Levels are expected to begin falling Tuesday morning.

In Redding, CA, residents are cleaning up following torrential rains that flooded homes and a retirement home in that community Monday night. Police closed several city blocks while the rain was falling at 2-inches per hour.

In Stanwood, MI, weekend flooding along the Muskegon River was the result of a ice jam. Some residents had blamed a dam maintained by Consumers Energy.

Snow and ice are returning to northwest Montana and western North Dakota. Forecasters expected periods of snow with areas of freezing rain throughout the day. Two to four inches of snow is expected on Tuesday. A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 2 p.m.

A wind-whipped grassfire in Oklahoma closed both lanes of I-35 early Monday afternoon and in South Carolina firefighters were still on the scene of a wildfire in Caesar's Head State Park.

Meanwhile, there is the potential for wildfires across nearly the entire state of Georgia where a red flag warning was posted Tuesday.

The National Weather Service issues red flag warnings when conditions are right for wildfires or may become right for wildfires very quickly. Low humidity levels can lead to rapidly deteriorating conditions during a dry spell. Included in the red flag warning is much of Alabama and northern Florida. A red flag warning also exists for southern Texas and parts of west Texas as well as southeastern New Mexico.


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