The Midwest got a heavy dose of flooding after a storm dumped more than 8 inches of rain on some areas, sending creeks and rivers out of their banks and leading to evacuations of dozens of homes.
Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois were hit the hardest from Tuesday's storms as basements quickly filled up with water.
"It was very bad. It was something that happened so fast that for some people it was a life-threatening situation to have the water coming up around the houses like that," said Steve Braun, emergency management director in Wisconsin's Grant County.
About 25 homes in southwestern Wisconsin were evacuated as water from a nearby creek flooded basements, dislodged natural gas tanks and left several inches of mud behind, officials said.
Some of the heaviest rainfall was reported in the town of Sterling in northwestern Illinois, which has received 8.58 inches since the storm struck on Monday.
Up to 8 inches of rain in 24 hours turned rivers into lakes in eastern Iowa, where Gov. Tom Vilsack declared seven counties disaster areas.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said 10 cities in northeast Iowa were forced to bypass their wastewater treatment plants to prevent sewage from flooding basements.
Residents of a trailer park on the north edge of Dubuque were evacuated after the Little Maquoketa River crept out of its banks. Dubuque officials called off classes on the last day of school due to flooding.
About six homes in Cascade were evacuated early Wednesday after sandbags gave away along a dike.
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