Flood Alerts Span From the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes

Flood risks continue to rise across the nation as winter draws to an end.
2:37 | 03/14/15

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tonight, but we begin with a dangerous combination lingering from the last days of winter. Heavy rain and melting snow tonight triggering flood alerts from the gulf coast to the great Lakes. Take a look here in painsville, Ohio. Highs on the grand river breaking into huge chunks, slowly moving down the stream. And in southern Illinois, flooded roads trapping cars. This driver needing a rescue. Covington, Connecticut, more river than drive, a familiar scene along many river banks tonight. Right now rivers still on the rise, the flood fears are very real. And ABC's senior meteorologist, rob Marciano starts us off. Reporter: Tonight crews closing the flood Gates in Newport, Kentucky, bracing for the flood waters of the Ohio river. This playground in nearby Bellevue already submerged, as well as this street in covington. The water now nearly five feet above flood stage. Right across the river, downtown Cincinnati, flood Gates up and shut for the first time since 2011, the river to rise through the night. It's creeping in, creeping through the foundation. Nearby salinda Jordan knows all too well what the big flood did nearly 20 years ago. '97 it was up to here. Reporter: She and her family evacuating to a motel. In southern Missouri today this creek rushing across the roadway. Rain and rapidly melting snow inundating the eastern third of the country, the storm reeking havoc in the region since Friday. This jeep getting stuck in a ditch in Illinois. In Minnesota it's lake ice causing problems there. We wake up to loud booms and it's like was that a gun or the lake. It's the lake. Reporter: Frozen chunks of ice heaving ashore. Reporter: And the ice that was floating this winter earlier on the Hudson has since melted the heavier rains in New York tapering off. Let's look at the future cast where the rain is heading. It will head west and east. Boston may get an inch. The heaviest amount, six to ten across northern Maine. Two weeks ago 60% of the country was covered in snow. That number now down to 11%. Some rapid melting happening this week. It sure is, leading to rain in so much of the country, rob. But out west where they need it they're seeing a heat wave now? Reporter: Records falling as early as noon all the way up to San Jose into the 90s. The heat surgeries into the rockies tomorrow. If Fargo hits 70, that would be the earliest on record that Fargo hit 70 degrees. It's going to be interesting and certainly spring has sprung in many spots in the country. What a contrast in temperatures, rob, thank you.

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