Image copyright IG Image caption An image shows the crisis unfolding on Manistee’s main thoroughfare
Farmers in the Canadian province of Michigan had their hands full rescuing cows from floods on Thursday after a month’s worth of rain in just two days.
Volunteers used four tractors to drag away headless dairy cows from the M-14, the main thoroughfare in Manistee.
A high-water mark was also seen on the road, a safety measure designed to protect truckers from vehicles washed into oncoming traffic from swollen streams.
Days of heavy rain and flooding had forced a number of road closures in the area.
The recovery efforts for the town comes as experts say that this was the wettest April on record in North America.
Another five inches of rain fell on Wednesday, with more on the way, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.
Image copyright EPA Image caption The weather triggered flooding in other parts of Michigan and as far south as Illinois
At least four people were killed in floods this week, and thousands of homes were evacuated, according to local media.
Despite this, the NWS has issued an all-clear for areas around the city of Crisp, Michigan.
About two thirds of the town’s 1,000 residents are still without power and an American Red Cross shelter is being set up in a local park.
Some schools in southwest Michigan were closed on Thursday for the second day running due to the continuing flooding.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US is one of the world’s biggest consumers of milk and the cows play a critical role in the industry
Citizens lined the M-14 on Thursday, filming the spectacle as tractor drivers slowly lifted up their cud-chewing beasts.
More than two inches of rain fell in the Manistee area on Tuesday, which coincided with the peak of the ice melt season, NWS meteorologist Liza Jones told AFP news agency.
Many areas south of the US can expect further flooding, she said.
“Rains at this height are typically associated with only a couple of inches of snow and rain during April – much less in a typical March and April,” she said.