These striking photos show the extent of Midwest flooding

Photo: The Joe’s Crab Shack in Louisville, Kentucky, sits surrounded by water along the Ohio River.

(CNN) Heavy rains across much of the central United States have caused intense flooding and left at least three people dead. These striking photos from the Midwest show the extent of the floodwaters, which have consumed cars and buildings in cities along the Ohio River.

Flooding along the Ohio River in Ripley, Ohio:

Emily Snyder teaches her daughter, Skyler, 4, how to row a boat as they check out their flooded home in Plainfield Township, Michigan, on Monday.

[H2O IQ editor’s note: as part of a family that lived through significant, region-wide floods in the Midwest, we recommend clicking through to view the short photo essay.]

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