County: 5 ‘promising solutions’ for Crooked Lake flooding

Barry County
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PRAIRIEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Barry County and state officials say they have narrowed their list of nine possible solutions to ease high waters that have already flooded some homes along Crooked Lake.

In a Tuesday news release, Barry County Emergency Management Coordinator James Yarger said the county is considering five “promising options” to curb the flooding. However, Yarger did not elaborate on what those solutions may be.

Research is needed to determine which plan to follow. Those studies are scheduled for next week.

For some reason that no one seems to understand, the lake is taking on a lot more water these days and it has nowhere to go.

As the waters have risen, so have concerns from dozens of homeowners living along Crooked Lake. In June, a couple told 24 Hour News 8 this flooding is the worst they’ve seen in the 22 years they’ve lived near the lake.

There is no quick fix to the problem. For the past month, the Barry County Sheriff’s Auxiliary has been providing sandbags to those who need them at the following locations:

  • Self-fill station 1: Oak Drive
  • Self-fill station 2: East Shore Drive
  • Self-fill station 3: Barry County Road Commission | 1725 W. M043 Hwy., Hastings | Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Ready-made station: Praireville Township Hall | 10115 S. Norris Rd., Delton

The sheriff’s department’s marine patrol continues to ensure boats remain 100 feet away from the flooded shoreline to protect homes from potential wake. However, those who live along Crooked Lake are hoping for a more permanent solution.

Residents impacted by the flooding are encouraged to dial 211 for assistance. Yarger says nine households have already used the resource line.

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