Flooding sparks state of emergency in Newaygo Co.

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WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (WOOD) — Newaygo County officials have declared a local state of emergency after heavy rains and melting snow Thursday washed out roadways and raised water levels in area lakes and rivers.

The American Red Cross is working with residents of flooded homes in the Martin Lake area, north of Fremont.

Newaygo County Emergency Management Director Abby Watkins says the Muskegon River is at moderate flood stage and is expected to rise.

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Heavy rains Thursday night also washed out several roads. Friday morning, the Newaygo County Road Commission said the following roads were closed:

  • 12 Mile Road between Maple Island Avenue and Dickinson Avenue
  •  Cypress Avenue between 128th Street and 136th Street
  •  Cottonwood Ave. between 124th Street and 136th Street
  •  128th Street between Cypress Avenue and Cottonwood Avenue
  •  Luce Avenue between 24th Street and 32nd Street
  •  Dickinson Avenue between Baseline Road and 8th Street
  •  Warner Avenue between 8th Street and Baseline Road
  •  80th Street between Warner Avenue and Luce Avenue
  •  Osborn Avenue between Baseline Road and 1 Mile Road
  •  112th Street between Dickinson Avenue and Fitzgerald Avenue
  •  Oak Avenue between 7 Mile Road and E. Fillmore Road (Not closed but barricades up)

Homeowners and businesses with flood damage are being asked to file a report on the county’s website, so officials can get a better idea of the extent of the damage.

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