LOWELL, Mich. (WOOD) - The City of Lowell has declared a State of Emergency as the Grand River continues to rise.
The river was at 18.5 feet at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, is expected to crest at 19.2 feet by 10 p.m. , according to the National Weather Service.
Authorities initially thought they would have to shut down power to Lowell Light and Power customers east of the Flat River, but later in the day City Manager Mark Howe said updated NWS projections indicated that would likely not be necessary.
Both the M-21 and Jackson Street bridges were shut down Saturday.
Lowell's main street was also shut down to everyone except residents, business owners, emergency personnel and repair crews. Authorities are asking people to avoid the area if possible.
Phones are being manned in the city of Lowell until 8 p.m. Saturday. Call 897.8457 for questions or to volunteer.
Main Street east of the Flat River is closed, and drivers are encouraged to take an alternate route:
From Kent County: If you're going from M-21, go north on Alden Nash or Hudson Street to Vergennes, east on Vergennes to Flat River, turn left on Flat River to Whites Bridge Rd. and turn south to get back to M-21.
From Ionia County: Take M-21 to Whites Bridge north to Sayles, turn left then take Flat River to Vergennes and go west on Vergennes.
Jackson Street and the bridge over the Grand River is also closed.
Hudson Street could be limited one lane as the river continues to rise.
Crews are working to keep Hudson Street between the Grand River and Bowes Road open. Hudson Street is the second north/south bridge over the Grand River.
A memorial is scheduled Thursday night for three young siblings who died in an apartment fire 10 months ago.
A donation account has been set up to help the family with its search to find a missing loved one.
Wind chills will be in the single figures Thursday, with snowfall totals in the 1- to 3-inch range.