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Midwest Flooding Closes Roads, Strands Vehicles After Relentless Rain

By    |   Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 10:32 AM

Heavy rains caused significant flooding in the Midwest over the weekend, creating traveling problems from Missouri to Michigan to Indiana, and forcing officials to close roads and rescue passengers from vehicles stuck in high waters.

The flooded Kalamazoo River in Michigan overtook Homer Stryker Field, home of the summer college baseball team the Kalamazoo Growlers, turning the ballpark into a pond. The team was forced to cancel a weekend series of games.

"The outdoors truly got the best of Homer Stryker Field on Outdoorsman's Night," said a Kalamazoo Growlers statement last weekend announcing the postponements.

St. Louis firefighters were pushed into service to help motorists trapped by flooding in the southern portion of the city late Sunday, according to KTVI-TV. Emergency responders reported that floodwater as high as 2 and a half feet trapped numerous vehicles, according to the television station.

Late last week, heavy rain in the metropolitan St. Louis area caused city and state officials to close major roadways, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Six inches of rain fell in parts of Lincoln and Calhoun counties and another five inches dropped in Winfield, reported the newspaper.

The Missouri Department of Transportation had to close all lanes of Highway 61 just north of Troy at the Cuivre River bridges Friday, noted the Post-Dispatch. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon dispatched prison inmates to help residents of Clarksville protect the town from the rising Mississippi River Friday afternoon.

WXIN-TV in Indianapolis reported that Central Indiana had its seventh wettest June in history with 8.15 inches of rain, causing major flooding problems throughout the area. The White River, which runs through Indianapolis, reached 19 feet Saturday, noted the television station. Its average for height for June is six feet.

One person in suburban Indianapolis Hamilton County died when a driver hit utility pole while trying to navigate through floodwater, wrote WXIN-TV.

"It's been a pretty busy couple of weeks dealing with, at least, just trying to get the message out to everybody about current weather conditions, incoming weather," Carl Erickson, the emergency management director for Hamilton County, told WXIN-TV. "We're trying to do the best that we can again with educating the public, offer up any kind of resources as we have them as they become available whether it be simple education, notification."

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Heavy rains caused significant flooding in the Midwest over the weekend, creating traveling problems from Missouri to Michigan to Indiana, and forcing officials to close roads and rescue passengers from vehicles stuck in high waters.
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