Portland residents evacuated, bridges closed due to flooding

Ionia County
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PORTLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Some Portland homes are being evacuated again after an ice jam caused the Grand River to spill over its banks in Ionia County.

Fewer than a dozen residents on Canal Street were evacuated and moved to the Ionia Armory, according to Sgt. William Hoskins with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office. Portland City Hall is also being used as a tempory shelter for those being evacuated. 

All bridges over the Grand River in Portland are closed due to the flooding. 

The Ionia County Health Department said there was a sewage overflow into the Grand River. Health officials recommend no body contact with the river downstream of the Portland wastewater treatment plant.

Residents who live in the area of Canal and Market streets as well as 100 and 200 blocks of Kent Street may lose power as the river continues to rise, according a post on the city of Portland’s Facebook page.

Wednesday, some houses on Water Street were flooded and 50 residents were evacuated. Businesses along Kent Street near Grand River Avenue were also flooded, with upwards of two feet of water in their basements.

>>Photos: Portland ice jam flooding

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