Mild Weather Causes New Headaches In The Midwest

CHICAGO (February 20, 2014) Residents of the Chicago area were facing some flooding problems Thursday as the sunny skies that started melting the snow this week gave way to steady rain, and more melting.

Some commuters today say they hope their basements won't be lakes when they get home. Just in case, some have stacked belongings in their basements on top of milk crates.

One woman who commuted into Chicago Thursday from her home south of the city says water in front of her house was up to her boot.

Another said the streets near her home in suburban Oak Lawn were flooded but not impassable.

Thursday promises to be a gray, sloppy mix of rain, sleet and some snow, which is a far cry from Wednesday, when the streets and parks in and around Chicago were crowded with joggers, mothers pushing strollers and people walking their dogs.

Forecasters in Indiana were warning that the melting snow, which was piled as high as 18 inches, won't be able to flow into rivers and streams because those channels are frozen.

Parts of Michigan, meanwhile, have had so much snow that authorities are worried about more roof collapses such as one that injured two women Wednesday in the Grand Rapids area.

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