JENISON, Mich. (WOOD) - Torrential rain Monday morning caused roads and homes to flood in West Michigan, specifically in Ottawa and Kent counties.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning had been issued for Allegan, Barry, Kent and Ottawa counties around 7:30 a.m. when storms rolled into the area, but expired about a half hour later.
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Some of the communities facing serious flooding problems are Jenison, Hudsonville, Grandville, Wyoming and Kentwood.
Grandville received 3 inches of rain in a few-hours span.
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The intersection of 56th Street and Wilson Avenue in Wyoming was closed for several hours due to high water. Tow trucks removed four vehicles that got stuck.
Water seeped into some basements in the Del Mar Farms neighborhood in Wyoming.
City of Wyoming Public Works crews were at the scene and spoke with residents about the situation.
"Well, they said there's really not much they can do. All the drains are open. We just have to wait," resident Kelly Fogelsonger told 24 Hour News 8.
The water began to recede just before noon. Some residents said they have never seen the flooding this bad, and they're going to be left with a wet, expensive mess.
"I think so. I haven't really looked at it all yet, but the first thing I have to do is get it out of there," said resident Ron Palmer.
Some of the residents in that subdivision had asked if a city pump failed, resulting in the problem. 24 Hour News 8 talked with public works officials who said that was not the case. The storm water system doesn't have pumps in this area. Officials calculated around 4 inches of rain fell in an hours-time, and the system just got overwhelmed.
In Kalamazoo County, the road commission closed V Avenue at 44th Avenue in Waskeshma Township, east of Vicksburg due to high water.
There were many school delays and/or closings in the morning due to flooded roads.
The storms knocked out power to thousands of Consumers Energy customers in several West Michigan counties. Service was restored later in the afternoon.
The problem in the Jenison area was due to an insulator that broke on a distribution line, Consumers Energy told 24 Hour News 8.
24 Hour News 8's Marc Thompson contributed to this report
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