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.

Steve Peters, property manager of the Lakeview Apartments, which is surrounded by flood waters from the Illinois River, uses a make shift bridge to access dry land Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Peoria Heights, Ill. The Illinois River finally crested Tuesday at 29.35 feet, eclipsing a 70-year record in Peoria. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

A member of the Missouri National Guard stands on a sandbag levee and looks out over floodwater from the Mississippi River, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Clarksville, Mo. Many have come to the aid of the tiny community, working since Wednesday to build a makeshift sandbag levee that seemed to be holding as the crest, expected to be 11 feet above flood stage, approaches. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

A swing set sits submerged in floodwater from the Mississippi River, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Clarksville, Mo. Many have come to the aid of the tiny community, working since Wednesday to build a makeshift sandbag levee that seemed to be holding as the crest, expected to be 11 feet above flood stage, approaches. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Jeanette Bricker watches the Illinois River rises out of it's banks surrounding and flooding her home Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Spring Bay Ill. Floodwaters are rising to record levels along the Illinois River in central Illinois. . (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Jeanette Bricker watches the Illinois River rises out of it's banks surrounding and flooding her home Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Spring Bay Ill. Floodwaters are rising to record levels along the Illinois River in central Illinois. . (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

The Illinois Valley Yacht and Canoe Club is surrounded by water as the Illinois River rises out of it's banks flooding businesses and homes Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Peoria Heights, Ill. Floodwaters are rising to record levels along the Illinois River in central Illinois. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

The Illinois Valley Yacht and Canoe Club is surrounded by water as the Illinois River rises out of it's banks flooding businesses and homes Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Peoria Heights, Ill. Floodwaters are rising to record levels along the Illinois River in central Illinois. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

This Saturday, April 20, 2013, photo, provided by the Missouri Department of Public Safety shows flooding in LaGrange, Mo. The Mississippi River is topping out at some problematic spots, but there is growing concern that spring floods are far from over. The river was at or near crest at several places Sunday, April 21, 2013 between the Quad Cities and near St. Louis. Some towns in the approximate 100-mile stretch of river from Quincy, Ill., to Grafton, Ill., reached 10-12 feet above flood stage. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Public Safety)

Police officer Shannon Vandenheuvel helps Barbara Jones from her 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)

Police officer Shannon Vandenheuvel helps Barbara Jones from her 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)

Police officer Shannon Vandenheuvel, left, and Melissa Kolenda, right, help Barbara Jones from her 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)

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)

Heavy Rains Create Flooding In Chicago

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 18: A motorist drives through standing water in a flooded underpass on April 18, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Thunderstorms dumped up to 5 inches of rain on parts of the Chicago area overnight, closing sections the Edens, Eisenhower and Kennedy expressways, which lead into downtown, during the morning rush. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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)

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)

Heavy Rains Create Flooding In Chicago

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 18: Motorists drive through water on a flooded exit ramp from the Kennedy Expressway on April 18, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Thunderstorms dumped up to 5 inches of rain on parts of the Chicago area overnight, closing sections the Edens, Eisenhower and Kennedy expressways, which lead to and from downtown, during the morning rush. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Officials survey a gaping sinkhole that opened up a residential street on Chicago's South Side after a cast iron water main dating back to 1915 broke during a massive rain storm Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Chicago. The hole spanned the entire width of the road and chewed up grassy areas abutting the sidewalk. Two of the cars that disappeared inside had been parked, but a third was being driven when the road buckled and caved in. Only the hood of one of the vehicles could be seen peeking from the chasm.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Officials survey a gaping sinkhole that opened up a residential street on Chicago's South Side after a cast iron water main dating back to 1915 broke during a massive rain storm, Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Chicago. The hole spanned the entire width of the road and chewed up grassy areas abutting the sidewalk. Two of the cars that disappeared inside had been parked, but a third was being driven when the road buckled and caved in. Only the hood of one of the vehicles can be seen peeking from the chasm.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Officials survey a gaping sinkhole that opened up a residential street on Chicago's South Side after a cast iron water main dating back to 1915 broke during a massive rain storm, Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Chicago. The hole spanned the entire width of the road and chewed up grassy areas abutting the sidewalk. Two of the cars that disappeared inside had been parked, but a third was being driven when the road buckled and caved in. Only the hood of one of the vehicles can be seen peeking from the chasm.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

A section of a car can be seen in a gaping sinkhole that opened up a residential street on Chicago's South Side after a cast iron water main dating back to 1915 broke during a massive rain storm Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Chicago. The hole spanned the entire width of the road and chewed up grassy areas abutting the sidewalk. Two of the cars that disappeared inside had been parked, but a third was being driven when the road buckled and caved in. Only the hood of one of the vehicles could be seen peeking from the chasm.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)