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Flooding closes roads in Iowa, Michigan

Storms have dropped between 5 and 6 inches of rain across southern Iowa.

The Associated Press

4/18/2013

Authorities in at least two states have closedroads because of flooding.

Some Michigan roads are closed due to flooding as more rain falls on the state and severe thunderstorms are in the forecast.

Flooding on Thursday closed parts of southbound U.S. Highway 131 near the Ottawa County community of Wayland. U.S. 31 was closed in both directions at M-40. And MLive.com reports a bridge over the Thornapple River in the Cutlerville area of Kent County was washed out.

Newaygo County this week declared a state of emergency for its portion of the Muskegon River. WOOD-TV reports Richard Baker was rescued by front-end loader from his home in Cedar Creek Township after rising floodwaters from the river left him stranded.

Problems also are reported on roads in Allegan, Berrien and Ionia counties.

In Iowa, flooding has forced the Iowa Transportation Department to close several highways.

Des Moines television station KCCI reported Thursday that (http://bit.ly/1158kgF) U.S. Highway 34 is closed in both directions where it meets U.S. Highway 65 west of Chariton in south-central Iowa. Portions of U.S. Highway 65 also are closed in that area.

Iowa Highway 5 is closed south of Knoxville, near Attica, and Iowa Highway 92 is closed just west of Oskaloosa.

The station says radar readings show the latest storms have dropped between 5 and 6 inches of rain across southern Iowa.

Flash flooding has been reported in other areas of Iowa. In the eastern Iowa city of Solon, some residents turned out to fill sandbags for protecting the city's sewage plant.

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