Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Matt Kirkwood -
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) -- Rivers will continue to rise after one of the biggest rain events for West Michigan to occur over the December-January-February time frame. Many rivers are expected to crest into the weekend as several inches of rain continue to drain.
In Grand Rapids, 27 of 31 hours recorded measurable rain. It broke the previous record of 2.53 inches of rain set back in 1898. Some spots in West Michigan saw more than three inches of rain, which is much more than normally seen in the entire month of February.
More than 30 individual flood warnings have been issued for rivers across West Michigan. The Grand River is expected to have some of the highest rises.>>Inside woodtv.com: River conditions
As of Wednesday morning, the only location along the Grand River projected to go into the "major flooding" category is Comstock Park, which will likely peak Saturday.
"Friday and Saturday are the big days with the highest increases. We'll be getting water from Lansing, Jackson and Ionia counties, plus our own tributaries will be entering the Grand River," Kent County Emergency Management Director Jack Stewart told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday. "We have to work together to get through this thing."
The flood is not expected to be as severe as the historic flood of April 2013, but there could be dangers. Authorities advised preparedness.
"I would like to encourage people to look out for the elderly, nonambulatory people, their neighborhoods, check on folks," Stewart said. "You've got to respect moving water and respect the rivers. If you're in a flood zone or a zone that's likely to flood, I would encourage you to get ready to evacuate. Please don't wait until the last minute to leave, pack up a go-bag so you've got clothing for three or four days if you have to evacuate your home."
Flooding has caused a number of road closures throughout West Michigan.
In Berrien County, the Niles Courthouse will be closed Thursday as a precaution because there is some flooding in the south county area. Anyone who needs to deal with a traffic ticket, attend an arraignment or report to probation offices should go to the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph.
On Wednesday night, the city of Albion called for help filling up sandbags to combat flooding at the Upper Pond at Rieger Park. The city thanked all the volunteers who came out, as well as Department of Public Services workers and public safety officers for their hard work.
West Michigan wasn't the only place to experience heavy rainfall. Northern Indiana received as much as four to six inches of rain. Flood warnings for our area will expire at 1 p.m. Thursday.
It appears Thursday will be dry with the next chance of rain coming Friday. In most cases, the rain should be light.
There is another chance of rain this weekend when a storm system possible moving through West Michigan, but the track is still uncertain.
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