GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The Grand River is over flood stage in many spots in Kent County -- and it is expected to continue to rise in coming days. County authorities are warning people to prepare now for possible flooding in their homes and over roadways.
Water from the Grand River has already inundated sections of Riverside Park on Grand Rapids' north side. And further north in Comstock Park, the the river floods along Abrigedor Trail nearly every year.
Tuesday, the Grand River was about 2 feet over flood stage along Abridgedor. If all the rain predicted actually falls, it will get worse -- the move the furniture and appliances up off the floor kind of worse.
Bruce Ling is a long-time resident of Abrigador Trail.
"I've been here 20 years. I know how to handle myself on the water. I've been living on the river since I was born. Ice jams and whatnot, they're all par for the course," said Ling. "Water in the house, though, that's another issue. We had water in 2004 in our home and were looking forward to that again with this flood."
Kent County Emergency Management has already gone door-to-door to warn residents.
Even if those who don't live along a river or other body of water that may flood should be aware of the danger, Kent County Emergency Management Director Jack Stewart said.
One of the biggest dangers is water over the road.
"The Road Commission does a great job of putting barricades across the road. Please observe the barricades," said Stewart. "When there's water on the road, do not drive through standing water because all you see if the top of it. You don't know how deep the water is and quite frankly you don't know if the road still exists. The road could be washed out with you not knowing it. Driving through it, you could have some serious problems."
Meanwhile, riverside residents who have been through flooding time and time again say it's the price of living along the river. But sometimes, high water forces even the most accustomed to flooding out of their homes.
"We're in the process of evacuating. It looks like it's going get up to 16 feet here, which will put a little bit of water in my home," said Ling.
And for those who do want to leave, the Red Cross is preparing to help, lining up shelters. Their locations will be announced if they become needed.
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