Storms cause major flooding in Midwest

Posted at 9:49 AM, Jul 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-13 09:49:59-04

(CNN) - Slow-moving storms are causing severe problems in the Midwest. States are seeing floodwaters submerge vehicles and up-root trees.

Severe weather in the Midwest has caused major flooding in states like Wisconsin.

Milwaukee resident Tony Hernandez said it took mere minutes for his basement to flood to the ceiling.

"I went downstairs and there's a bedroom down there with a 4-foot window, and the water was up to that point," Hernandez said.

About 35 miles south, in Burlington, authorities were forced to shut down several roads as the waters kept rising, even submerging some vehicles.

Amtrak service in Wisconsin was also affected by the floods.

Things aren't any better in the Chicago area. Dozens of people were forced to evacuate their homes this week because of the flooding, and thousands lost power.

"The water in the middle of the street was 38 inches high, it comes up almost to my waist," said Qadri Abdallah, a flood victim.

Significant damage was seen in parts of Iowa as well and left roadways unsafe for commuters.

At least one death has been confirmed this week. A 6-year-old boy drowned in an Indiana creek on Tuesday.

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