iStock/Thinkstock(ROCKFORD, Ill.) — Heavy rain is hitting Southeast Texas as the Midwest is reeling from its own flooding.Midwest floodingMercy Hospital in Rockford had to divert incoming patients to nearby hospitals on Monday after parts of the facility flooded, hospital officials said.Video posted to social media shows one area of the hospital submerged in water with garbage and debris floating down the hallways.Rockford, about 90 miles west of Chicago, had received more than 3 inches of rainfall by Monday after a severe storm bashed the area with torrential downpours and heavy winds over the weekend.Several Rockford roadways were impassable.Watch closely in this video taken in a town near Rockford — one man ditched the roads all together and rode a jet-ski down the sidewalk.More rain is possible for Illinois as several low pressure systems move through this week.The rain was also brutal in other parts of the Upper Midwest, including Wisconsin, where a man died after his car got caught in flood waters on Sunday. The 75-year-old was found in a ditch about 60 feet away from his vehicle in White River, authorities said.Residents in Upper Michigan saw as much as 7 inches of rain by Monday, causing bridges and roads to collapse.Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of disaster on Monday for counties where the flooding had caused the most infrastructural damages.Extreme rain hits TexasA tropical wave off the Gulf Coast of Texas is bringing rounds of heavy rain and flash flood warnings the next few days.Over 11 inches fell near Premont, Texas, while the Beaumont-Port Arthur area saw over 9 inches.The heaviest rain is expected in Southeast Texas between the cities of Houston, Austin and Corpus Christi, where total accumulations could reach 10 to 15 inches by Thursday.Heat in the SoutheastSeveral cities hit or tied record highs on Monday, including in Albany, New York, where it was 97 degrees — the warmest temperature there since July 2012.Brutal heat is now hitting the South — the heat index was over 100 degrees in Norfolk, Raleigh, Wilmington and Charleston on Tuesday.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Epsom Coaches is to close its doors on 25 June, after 97 years trading.Closure sees the end of the famous red-and-cream liveryAt the same time its MD, Steve Whiteway, will retire after 37 years in the business.It will also mark the end of the famous red and cream livery.The move, by owners RATP Dev UK, comes as a surprise as the coach division, comprising around 10 vehicles, remains operationally high-quality and profitable.It marks a change of heart by the Paris-headquartered firm, which is concentrating on its London bus business through its three subsidiaries London United, London Sovereign and Quality Line (the bus arm of Epsom Coaches).The business, HR Richmond Ltd, will be renamed at Companies House as Quality Line, and the TfL bus and contracted operations, which include National Express, Epsom & St Helier NHS and Atkins among many other local bodies, will continue from the Epsom, Surrey HQ.There will be a small number of redundancies in administration and finance roles, along with the loss of 10 coaches that currently run private hire and holidays.With this change, all of Quality Line’s operations will be brought under direct management of RATP Dev London.It means RATP Dev will have a single interface with TfL to cover contract and account management, tendering and business development and will also deploy best practice across all 10 of its London bus garages.RATP Dev London operates 11.5% of all buses in the capital and employs almost 3,400 staff in its three operating companies. Says Tim Jackson, CEO of RATP Dev UK: “In an increasingly competitive market, I’m confident that the closer integration of Quality Line into the RATP Dev London operation will enhance the company’s competitiveness and create opportunity to develop it further.”Says Mr Whiteway: “I have always tried to ensure that Epsom Coaches is very part of the community it has served since 1920, actively supporting so many events, both in cash and kind over the years, which I will certainly miss as I know will my staff, most of whom will retain a role within the new company structure.”