High waters on Crooked, Eagle lakes flood 150 homes

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

TEXAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — When it comes to flooding on Texas Township’s Crooked Lake, homeowner Chuck Abnet says the situation is dire.

Abnet and his wife bought a house to be close to the lake.  But these days, the lake is too close for comfort.

“Since February, we’ve noticed the water level… continually rising, and rising and rising.  It started out just coming over the seawall, flooding the lawn a little bit. But these rain events that we’re experiencing, it seems like it’s raining two to three inches every time it rains,” he said.

Texas Township Supervisor John Hinkle says Crooked Lake and Eagle Lake are about four feet higher than they were last October. 

“Our lake is a big bowl,” said Abnet. “It doesn’t have a natural… outlet.”

Because the water has no place to go, the lake creeps into houses nearby. Hinkle says at least 150 houses have water in them.

“We’ve been pumping into the lake for 20 years, because the lake levels were low,” Hinkle said.

Hinkle says the township is doing a study to see whether they qualify for a FEMA grant.  However, that is a long-term solution. 

“So for immediate relief, all we can do is build berms, and seawalls and sandbag,” said Hinkle.

“But if one of the pumps goes down or we have another weather event, it’s pretty much a lost cause,” Abnet warned.

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