KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — City officials are telling Kalamazoo-area residents to expect flooding when the Kalamazoo River crests Thursday or Friday.
The river is expected to crest nine feet either late Thursday or early Friday. In the past 96 hours, at least four to five inches of rain has fallen in the Kalamazoo River watershed area, according to a City of Kalamazoo news release.
Flooding was seen near the intersection of Ampersee Avenue and Ray Street in Kalamazoo Thursday morning.
Road closures are expected due to flooding, closures include Vine Street near Upjohn Park, Crosstown Parkway near Sheridan Drive, Dutton Street and streets in near the Crosstown Ponds.
Drivers are advised to avoid flooding, be aware of barricades in place and do not move or drive around barricades.
Property in flood-prone and low-lying areas may experience flooding may experience flooding. These areas include the Lakewood Neighborhood in Kalamazoo Township, areas near Crosstown Ponds and the Ray Street/Ampersee Avenue area.
Those who could experience flooding where they live can pick up sand bags for free. Sand bags can be picked up at the parking lot of Washington Square Co-op Apartments, located at 710 Collins Street and at the Edison Neighborhood Association located at 816 Washington Avenue.
The city is offering free sands bags to residents who are experiencing flooding. Sand bags can be picked up at the following locations:
- Washington Square Co-op Apartments at 710 Collins Street;
- Edison Neighborhood Association at 816 Washington Avenue.
Officials encourage people to reach out to family and friends who may be impacted by the flooding, so they are aware of the situation.
City officials will continue to monitor the flooding of the Kalamazoo River and will give updates as needed.