Rising waters in Plains prompt evacuations

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Officials in several Midwest states are watching rising rivers and ordering evacuations after severe storms and heavy rains.

Residents along the Mississippi River are braced for what could be the worst flooding in 15 years.

In Cedar Falls, Iowa, an expected overflow of the Cedar River prompted an evacuation order for the downtown area.

Officials in Indiana and Missouri are also keeping an eye on rushing rivers.

In Wisconsin, engineers and contractors are repairing damage done when 267-acre Lake Delton overflowed and drained, washing away three houses. Officials also closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 94 near Johnson because of the rising Rock River.

In Michigan, utility companies say it will take several days to fully restore service to nearly 180,000 homes and businesses after a series of storms.


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