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Great Lakes Region Braces for Flooding

Floodwaters from the East Branch of the Rocky River cover a roadway in a Cleveland Metroparks reservation in North Olmsted, Ohio Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008. The threat of worsened flooding stretched across Ohio Wednesday, where two days of rain and melting snow left water covering some busy roads and pushed rain-swollen rivers and creeks past their breaking points. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

People across the Midwest woke up Thursday to as many as 20 inches of snow, while residents and business owners in the Great Lakes region nervously eyed rising rivers and braced for flooding. Flood warnings were issued in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and New York after three days of heavy rain and melting snow. People in northwest Ohio moved to higher ground as forecasters predicted that floodwaters would continue to rise in an area still recovering from flooding five months ago. Meanwhile, residents across the Midwest were digging out from a major snowstorm that closed schools and businesses and brought travel to a standstill. Hundreds of flights were grounded in Illinois and Wisconsin, and traffic backed up for 19 miles south of Madison after semitrailer trucks got stuck on a hill. Nearly a foot of rain, ice and snow fell across northern Illinois, keeping thousands of students home from school. Classes were also canceled Wednesday in parts of Kansas, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, where up to 14 inches of snow fell north of Detroit.
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