Flooding concerns continue

Flooding concerns continue across Northern Michigan.

Problems began when 2-4" (and near Grand Rapids and Holland near 5") of rain fell on most areas this past Wednesday and Thursday (April 17th-18th). The ground has already seen a lot of rain from the past couple of weeks and was saturated, and new rainfall only caused the already high rivers to rise further. There are multiple flood warnings and advisories in the area as rivers are expected to crest heading into the second half of the weekend or early this coming workweek.

High pressure will move in tonight, bringing calm winds and clear skies (and possibly some record-breaking low temperatures Saturday night). Sunday will bring sunshine, and rain late for the E. U.P. as our next front approaches. Rain showers continue for the E. U.P. and tip of the mitt throughout the day Monday, with a few flurries making it in Monday evening as the front remains stationary. Low pressure travels along the front into Tuesday, pushing across Michigan and taking the front -and line of rain- with it. The Central Lower has a chance of a thunderstorm Tuesday as well.

As of now, some areas of concern via the National Weather Service are:

*The Muskegon River at Evart (Osceola Co) - until Monday evening. Saturday morning the stage was at 12.5' with flood stage at 12'. Minor flooding is occurring and forecasted. The river will hold steady at 12.5' before slowly falling below flood stage Monday morning. At 12.5' expect significant flooding in the area of M66 and 9 Mile, impacting homes in the Jeffries, Doc and Tom, Timberlane Dr, and Wildlife Shores subdivisions. Significant road closures along River Rd between 80th Ave and M66. Flooding of the homes in low-lying areas along RIver Rd between 80th Ave and M66 also occurs.

*The Muskegon River near Croton (Newaygo Co) - Saturday morning the stage had fallen to 10.5' with flood stage at 9'. Minor flooding is occurring and forecasted. The river will hold steady near 10.5' through Saturday afternoon and then begin a slow fall. At 10.5' homes upstream of Newaygo along Main St in the Devils Hole area will experience minor flooding, along with homes downstream of Newaygo on Felch Ave in the Anderson Flats area. Minor flooding is also expected on West Sugar Bush Lane and Sycamore St in Ashland Twp, Riverview Dr, Riverman Dr, South River Dr, and Bell Meadow Dr in Bridgeton Twp, Main St in the lower Bridgeton area, Salmon Run Campground loses Access Dr and River Lane becomes impassable in the Old Woman's Bend area.

*The Chippewa River below Mt. Pleasant (Isabella Co) - until Tuesday afternoon. Saturday morning the stage had fallen to 9.4' with flood stage at 8'. Minor flooding is occurring and forecasted, but the river will continue to fall below flood stage by Tuesday morning.

*The Manistee River near Sherman (Wexford Co) - until Sunday morning. Saturday morning the stage was at 15.4' with flood stage at 15'. Minor flooding is occurring and forecasted. The river will continue to fall below flood stage after midnight. At 15' flooding occurs near Wilderness Canoe along the left bank of the river just downstream of the M-37 bridge.

*The Pere Marquette River near Scottville (Mason Co) - until late Thursday night. Saturday afternoon the stage was at 5.1' with flood stage at 5.5' and bankful at 4'. The river will rise to near 5.3' by Sunday morning. At 5.5' expect minor flooding of the campgrounds located in Scottville Riverside Park.

*The Little Muskegon River above Morley (Mecosta Co) - until Sunday evening. Flood stage is 6' with bankful at 4'. The river is near it's crest at 4.7' and will slowly fall tonight.

Newaygo County Emergency Services has announced 146 homes impacted by the flood, making this the second highest flood on record. A flyover was done Saturday morning - for pictures please click here.

Isabella, Mecosta, Newaygo, and Muskegon counties are also all under a flood advisory until 7:30pm Sunday. This is due to the water levels in small creeks and streams remaining at high levels through this time and causing the closure of roads in these counties. Water levels on most of these streams are expected to fall through Sunday.

Looking further downstate, Grand Rapids has declared a state of emergency Saturday due to flooding - receiving nearly 5" of rainfall from April 17th to the 18th. The Grand River will crest from east to west through Monday. Flooding will range from moderate to record stage, and many reports of flooding are coming in as the river continues to rise.

To get an idea of crest times downstate - the river should crest near Ionia today and tonight, Lowell and Ada Sunday morning, Comstock Park Sunday night, Grand Rapids early Monday morning, and in Robinson Twp (Ottawa Co) early Tuesday morning.