Many rivers begin to fall, but flooding concerns keep on
Flooding warnings and advisories 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 flooding concerns in the area as rivers were expected to crest the second half of the weekend or will early this coming workweek.
Low pressure is to the north of Wisconsin in Canada, it's approaching warm front touching off a bit of rain. Scattered light showers are possible overnight into Monday. Rain showers then continue for the E. U.P. and the northernmost counties, especially along Lake Michigan, throughout the day Monday, with a few flurries making it in Monday evening as the cold front moves over Wisconsin and then remains stationary. Low pressure travels along the front into Tuesday, pushing across Michigan and taking the front -and line of rain- with it. We may have a few drops of rain linger into Wednesday, but we'll see some sunshine, particularly in the afternoon.
As of now, some areas of concern via the National Weather Service are:
*The Muskegon River at Evart (Osceola Co) (flood warning)- until Monday. 1:30pm Sunday the stage was at 12.36' with flood stage at 12'. Minor flooding is occurring and forecasted. The river will continue slowly falling and go below flood stage by 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) (flood warning)- At 2:15pm Sunday the stage was measured at 10.03' with flood stage at 9'. Minor flooding is occurring and forecasted. The river has began a slow fall and will continue to fall below flood stage Tuesday morning. Minor flooding is being reported in cottages and 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, and South River Dr in Bridgeton Twp, Salmon Run Campground in Garfield Twp loses its Access Dr off of Felch and River Lane becomes impassable in the Old Woman's Bend area.
*The Chippewa River below Mt. Pleasant (Isabella Co) (flood warning)- until Tuesday morning. 10:15am Sunday the stage had fallen to 8.8' with flood stage at 8'. Minor flooding is occurring and forecasted, but the river will continue to fall below flood stage by Monday evening.
*The Manistee River near Sherman (Wexford Co) (flood warning)- until Monday morning. 9:15pm Sunday the stage was 15.2' with flood stage at 15'. Minor flooding is occurring and forecasted. The river will continue to fall overnight and should fall below flood stage on Monday. 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) (flood advisory)- until late Thursday night. At 11am Sunday the stage was 5.1' with flood stage at 5.5' and bankful at 4'. The river will hold steady near 5.1' throughout Sunday and then begin a slow fall. At 5' expect water to begin covering campground road adjacent to the river in Scottville Park and at 5.5' expect minor flooding of the campgrounds located in Scottville Riverside Park.
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.
The Central Lower is under a Hazardous Weather Outlook due to flooding continuing along local rivers tonight. Higher waters and flooding will continue into the workweek, with most seeing receding water levels by Tuesday.
Looking further downstate, Grand Rapids 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.
Rain will move across Michigan Tuesday, with a quarter to three quarters of an inch of rainfall predicted. This may slow the fall of local rivers. We'll continue to keep you updated on the flooding concerns.