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Firefighter Jason Kelley and police officer Shannon Vandenheuvel carry children from Barbara Jones' partially submerged car in Grand Rapids, Mich. Thursday, April 18, 2013. Middle America was getting everything nature has to throw at it on Thursday, from snow in the north to tornadoes in the Plains, and with torrential rains causing floods and transportation chaos in several states. (AP Photo/Grand Rapids Press, Chris Clark)

Firefighter Jason Kelley and police officer Shannon Vandenheuvel carry children from Barbara Jones' partially submerged car in Grand Rapids, Mich. Thursday, April 18, 2013. Middle America was getting everything nature has to throw at it on Thursday, from snow in the north to tornadoes in the Plains, and with torrential rains causing floods and transportation chaos in several states. (AP Photo/Grand Rapids Press, Chris Clark)

Flooding hits Midwest

Heavy rains and flooding have slammed the Midwest region, shutting major

expressways, delaying commuter trains for hours, cancelling flights and

closing dozens of suburban schools.