Midwest rivers remain above flood stage

An abandoned car bobs in standing water under an overpass Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Chicago. Blasts of torrential rain and widespread flooding forced authorities to shut segments of major expressways, and hundreds of flights were scrapped. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

April 22, 2013 10:21:41 AM PDT
The Grand River has peaked at more than two feet over flood stage in Grand Rapids, Michigan -- reaching a level of nearly 22 feet. Downtown buildings are protected by sandbags filled and stacked by hundreds of volunteers.

Grand Rapids is among the Midwestern communities being threatened by spring flooding from record-high river levels. Some towns along the Mississippi River in Illinois have seen water as much as 12 feet above flood stage.

And the worst may not be over. An inch or more of rain is in the forecast, along with continuing accumulation of snow to the north.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has declared at least 41 counties disaster areas from flooding. Along the Fox and Des Plaines Rivers, flooding has left many roads impassable. In some cases, residents are getting around in canoes.

Rain last week caused the Mississippi and other rivers to surge in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. Flooding has now been blamed in three deaths. Spots south of St. Louis aren't expected to crest until late this week.

Sandbags are holding back the Mississippi River water at City Hall in La Grange, Missouri, where a handful of homes are threatened. The water level is dropping.