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Flooding in Mid-Michigan on Thursday. Flooding in Mid-Michigan on Thursday.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -

Five children have been carried from a stalled vehicle through a flooded West Michigan street.

MLive.com reports that Melissa Kolenda was taking photos in Grand Rapids on Thursday when she noticed the vehicle had stopped running and wouldn't restart.

A police officer and firefighter helped Kolenda carry the children to dryer ground. They also helped two women to safety.

Kolenda says the water was waist-high and there was a strong current. She says the car eventually became completely submerged.

Heavy rains have pushed a number of rivers in Michigan's Lower Peninsula over flood stage and forced officials to close many roads across the state.

The Red Cross of West Michigan on Thursday opened a shelter in Newaygo County for Fremont area residents displaced by the rain and high water.

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