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Flash flooding triggers evacuations, water rescues in Michigan

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Source: Cass County Sheriff's Office Source: Cass County Sheriff's Office
EDWARDSBURG, Mich. (AP) -

Flash flooding in far southwestern Michigan have triggered evacuations and rescues of several residents.

The flooding started Saturday after rains overwhelmed culverts and submerged roads.

Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said two rescues involved people stranded in or on top of vehicles, and some residents near Edwardsburg were evacuated because homes were underwater.

"Several residents in the area of Oil City Rd and Davis Lake St. were evacuated from their homes this evening because their homes were under water and the current from washouts were moving propane tanks, shed, boats and other large items causing a hazard to 
anyone in the immediate area," Behnke said in a press release

Sheriff's officials urged people in the area to stay off roads until the rain subsides. More heavy rain is expected Sunday.

People are urged to stay off the roads until rain events subside and if you do travel proceed cautiously and slowly through areas where there are water over the road. If the water is flowing at a fast rate or appears to be more than a few inches in depth turn around and go back the way you came finding a safer route to proceed. We have numerous roadways that have washed out completely as well as area's were roadways are completely underwater for hundreds of yards across. Rain events are expected to continue through Sunday and more flooding and dangerous road conditions are expected to continue. Please limit travel at this time unless necessary. 

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