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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) (AP)

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) (AP)
Heavy rains flooding Grand Rapids streets

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 18, 2013 at 1:31 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — 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.