Wrecks pile up on slick roads in Kansas City area - KCTV5

Wrecks pile up on slick roads in Kansas City area

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Authorities throughout the Kansas City area are responding to numerous crashes because of slick roads.

A combination of speeding and slick roads caused three separate accidents Tuesday morning on Interstate 635.

Police said five cars were involved in a quarter-mile stretch just north of I-70 all in about a minute period.

Motorists could see the slush that had collected on the highway.

No one was injured in the accidents.

An inch of rain is expected to fall on a wide swath from Oklahoma to Michigan through Tuesday. The National Weather Service said that could raise crest forecasts on some rivers, especially the Illinois River, and slow the retreat of others.

Downpours have left flooding concerns for rivers in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Mississippi and Michigan, the National Weather Service said.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency after flash flooding hit many areas.

"The sustained periods of heavy rainfall (have) swollen creeks and streams and is pushing the Mississippi River over flood levels, endangering river communities," Nixon said.

Makeshift levees mostly held back the water in communities along the Mississippi River and other Midwestern waterways, but meteorologists warn that looming storms could cause problems.

The hastily built barrier in Clarksville, MO, showed signs of strain Monday, and volunteers in the town 70 miles north of St. Louis scrambled to build a second wall to catch the water that found its way past the first.

Additional rain could be troublesome in Michigan, too, where the Grand River drove hundreds from their homes in Grand Rapids and flooded downtown.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.)  All rights reserved.  The Associated Press and CNN contributed to this report.

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