County crews keep close watch on rising water

A state of emergency has been declared due to widespread flooding.

Flooding concerns continue across northern Michigan. Meteorologist Joe Charlevoix warns rivers will still rise and should peak by the end of Tuesday. Water should start to recede Wednesday.

The Manistee River hit record levels Tuesday. The Manistee River was at 16.84 feet Tuesday morning and its expected to hit 17.1 feet by the afternoon. Flood stage for the river is 15 feet.

Emergency dispatchers posted reports of minor flooding Tuesday morning. Road commissions are keeping a close watch on the issue and are warning drivers to take extra precautions. If you are driving and come across a road closure, do not attempt to go around barricades.

Wexford County issued a local state of emergency after widespread flooding Monday. The Wexford County Emergency Manager, Sarah Benson, says crews continue to monitor the situation closely.

"We have numerous road closures and now record flooding along the Manistee River near Sherman. We have homes that are affected throughout the county, but certainly in Sherman. We have a well coordinated response among different parts of our emergency plan and this morning we are just working on reassessing the situation and seeing how things have changed overnight," explained Benson.

Wexford County officials are working on opening a shelter Tuesday morning as residents are displaced due to rising water. People with immediate needs can contact the

American Red Cross

or the Wexford County Central Dispatch.

In Osceola County, the American Red Cross has a shelter in the Evart middle school for anyone displaced by high water.