HASTINGS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Residents around Thornapple Lake southeast of Hastings are watching water swallow up their lawns and move into their houses.
On Thursday, several houses were submerged by a few feet of water following the heavy rain and snow melt from the previous several days.
Locals say that while they expect some spring flooding each year, what they’re seeing now is extensive. There have only been a handful of years when the water has climbed so high.>>Inside woodv.com:Full 2018 flood coverage
Barry County received between 3 and 4 inches of rain, almost double the monthly average, in just two days. This is one of the biggest rain events to happen in the December/January/February time frame in West Michigan history.
Historic Charlton Park was even blocked off as waters climbed over roads, though most, if not all, of the buildings looked untouched.
Some homeowners in the flood-prone areas anticipated the event, moving furniture up from basements and lower levels. Those affected say the only thing they can do is wait for the water to subside.
The Thornapple River downstream near Hastings is expected to peak late Thursday before levels will begin to drop.
The American Red Cross opened a shelter for any displaced residents at the Barry County Commission on Aging at 320 West Woodlawn Ave. in Hastings.—–Inside woodtv.com:Michigan River conditionsStorm Team 8 ForecastGet the free Storm Team 8 app