The offices that now have OUTDOOR aquariums: Fish and ducks swim by windows in flooded Midwest

By Associated Press Reporter and Daily Mail Reporter

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After heavy rain caused massive flooding across the Midwest, office workers in Grand Rapids, Mich. were shocked to look out their windows to see wildlife in the water.

In a aquarium-like scene, one woman observed Michigan's Grand River rising high outside and spotted a small fish swimming through the water. Another photo shows a duck passing through the waters on the swollen waterway.

The harsh weather has caused devastating flooding across Illinois, Missouri and Michigan. Communities along Midwestern waterways have been fortifying makeshift levees holding back floodwaters, meteorologists say could worsen or be prolonged by looming storms.

Just passing by

Just out for a swim: Michigan resident Lynn Clay captured this fish swimming through the floodwaters outside a window in her office building in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Passersby

Passersby: Another, larger fish, appears in the waters outside this office window in Mich.

Flooding

Flooding: A duck swims a window, viewed from inside Anderson Eye Care at the Riverfront Plaza Building in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich.

Nature

Nature: Overnight rain from Oklahoma to Michigan led the National Weather Service to heighten the forecast crest of some stretches of rivers while blunting the progress of other waterways' retreat

Lynn Clay, who works at an office building at the Riverfront Plaza in Grand Rapids, Mich., captured the money shot of the fish swimming by.

She took the photo of the incredible waters and didn't even realize the aquatic animal had photobombed her shot until later.

 

'I got lucky!' she told NBC News.

'The water is usually only 18 inches to 2 feet deep outside the building, but now it's probably 20 feet deep. It's up over the walkways, the roads, and up the buildings to the windows,' she said.

Harsh weather:

Harsh weather: Flooding has caused the Grand River water level to come up to the windows of the Riverfront Plaza Building in downtown Grand Rapids Monday

Tragic

Tragic: Last week's downpours brought on sudden flooding throughout the Midwest, and high water is blamed for at least three deaths

Overnight rain from Oklahoma to Michigan led the National Weather Service to heighten the forecast crest of some stretches of rivers while blunting the progress of other waterways' retreat.

Mark Fuchs, a National Weather Service hydrologist, said the latest dousing could be especially troublesome for communities along the Illinois River, which is headed for record crests.

'Along the Illinois, any increase is going to be cause for alarm, adding to their uncertainty and, in some cases, misery,' he said late Monday afternoon.

Last week's downpours brought on sudden flooding throughout the Midwest, and high water is blamed for at least three deaths.

Homes along West Michigan near the Tittabawassee River in Saginaw Township are flooded on Monday

Devastating: Homes along West Michigan near the Tittabawassee River in Saginaw Township are flooded on Monday

An automobile scrapyard in James Township, Michigan near the Tittabawassee River is flooded

Rainwaters: An automobile scrapyard in James Township, Michigan near the Tittabawassee River is flooded

Authorities in LaSalle, Ill., spent Monday searching for a woman whose van was spotted days earlier near a bridge, and a 12-year-old boy was in critical condition after being pulled from a river near Leadwood, Mo., about 65 miles south of St. Louis.

The additional rain isn't welcome news in Clarksville, Mo., about 70 miles north of St. Louis.

Days after bused-in prison inmates worked shoulder to shoulder with the National Guard and local volunteers to build a makeshift floodwall of sand and gravel, the barrier showed signs of strain Monday.

Crews scrambled to patch trouble spots and build a second sandbag wall to catch any water weaseling through.

In Grafton, Ill., some 40 miles northeast of St. Louis, Mayor Tom Thompson said the small community was holding its own; by early Monday afternoon the Mississippi was 10 feet above flood stage.

Rising waters:

Rising waters: Julia Dowell pushes her daughter Barbara Adams and family friend Haley Wright, 4, at left, in Clarksville, Mo. The swollen Mississippi River has strained a hastily erected makeshift floodwall in Clarksville

Block

Block: Residents and members of the National Guard build a flood wall against the rising Mississippi River in Clarksville, Missouri

Waters lapped against some downtown buildings, forcing shops such as Hawg Pit BBQ to clear out and detours to be established around town. One key intersection was under 8 inches of water.

'If it gets another foot (higher), it's going to become another issue,' Thompson said. Townsfolk 'are kinda watching and holding their breath. ... Some things are going to really be close to the wire.'

Elsewhere, smaller rivers caused big problems. In Grand Rapids, Mich., the Grand River hit a record 21.85 feet, driving hundreds of people from their homes and flooding parts of downtown.

Spots south of St. Louis aren't expected to crest until late this week, and significant flooding is possible in places like Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Cairo, Ill.

Further downriver, flood warnings have been issued for Kentucky and Tennessee.

Overflowing

Overflowing: The Illinois River rises out of its banks flooding Lake Street on Tuesday

Record levels

Record levels: The Illinois River claims large sections of Pekin Riverfront Park in downtown Pekin, Ill., as flood waters cover the walkways and boat docks

Deluge of rain

Deluge of rain: A playground is submerged after flooding in Fox Lake, Illinois. The Fox River is expected to crest after heavy rains brought flooding to the area last week

Destroyed

Destroyed: Household items are seen submerged in water in front of a house after flooding in Fox Lake, Illinois

Disbelief: Jeanette Bricker watches the Illinois River rises out of it's banks surrounding and flooding her home

Disbelief: Jeanette Bricker watches the Illinois River rises out of it's banks surrounding and flooding her home

Relief efforts are now underway to assist residents in the flooded regions.

The Salvation Army said they been dispatching canteens, mobile feeding unites, over the past several days to serve meals, snacks and beverages to flood victims who were either temporarily displaced from their homes or without utilities to cook or clean running water.

Additionally, they they were distributing clean-up kits to residents in the Chicago region.

The kits include a bucket, gloves, mask, mop, brooms, sponges, garbage bags, bleach and other cleaning agents to aid home owners as they begin the daunting process of picking up the pieces.

'Because we have a permanent local presence here in Chicagoland, with 28 corps community centers and other facilities, we were here serving the community long before the floods hit, and we will continue to be here for the long haul to support the local communities affected by these historic floods,' Lt. Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz, Metropolitan Divisional Commander said.

Help: A volunteer dishes a plate a Illinois resident at a shelter set up at River's Edge United Methodist Church in Spring Bay, Ill.

Help: A volunteer dishes a plate a Illinois resident at a shelter set up at River's Edge United Methodist Church in Spring Bay, Ill.

All hands on deck:

All hands on deck: Dawn Moss, right, shows her 3-year-old son Sabastian Spangler how to fill a sandbag after the family finished building a temporary floodwall around their house in Dutchtown, Mo.

Relief

Relief: Officials in Peoria, Ill. work to raise a canopy for public works employees manning pumps on Water Street to step out of the rain on

Reinforcement

Reinforcement: Semi trucks carry sandbags to Fargo , N.D. neighborhoods to protect homes from the rising Red River as the late snow melt starts to speed up

 

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If you are building in a flood plain it would make sense to build a waterproof house that was capable of keeping water out, up to say..6ft.

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Again this shows the need for water canals down from Canada to the southern parts of the USA, in California, the West of the Mississipi, and the East of the Mississipi. Obviously such channels will use existing canals, rivers and dams, and build new ones. Hydroelectric dams can provide the electricity needed to pump the water uphill. You will remember that just a few months ago the West of Mississipi was having a drought which caused food prices to increase, all around the World. Such a vast system of water control will also help with floods as water can be diverted away from the affected area, and could even be pumped into other rivers to discharge in the Gulf of Mexico, besides the Mississipi. - John Picarra , Lisbon, 24/4/2013 10:52

So what is going to replace the nutrients and soil that these floods deposit on thousands of miles of land downstream each year? Or did it not occur to you that the reason the region is so fertile is the floods?

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The midwest is flooded? I live in DC, I haven't heard anything about extensive rains in the midwest. On the other hand, if they're that flooded, what are people doing at the office? Couldn't they get those same shots from their living room? :-|

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????? Why aren't we hearing about this in the US?

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At least you know the windows are watertight, good job from the window company !!

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Good thing there is no such thing as climate change.

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Man #1 "Getting a little stuffy in here, I'll just open the window" Man #2 "No.......WAIT!!!"

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OMG! now thats what you call well made.

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Good job they don't have leaky windows.

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Tropical fish used to be kept in a Lake in the in the grounds of the Pilkington's Building in St Helens, Merseyside in the mid seventies.

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