Flooding in West Michigan

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The above pic. is 12 Mile Road washed out between Maple Island and Dickinson avenues in Colfax Township amid March 14, 2019 rain and melting snow. (Courtesy Newaygo County Emergency Services).  

The Michigan Department of Transportation said Thursday (3/14) that the north and southbound lanes of M-120 were closed in Fremont because of flooding.   The closure stretched from M-82 to 40th street. A portion of US 10 was closed due to flooding

Marion Public Schools, Chippewa Hills Schools, Morley Stanwood Schools and Big Rapids Public Schools were closed 3/14 because of flooding.  There are onther schools closed and some running bases only on certain roads.  Check out the complete current closing list here

Marion said there was water in both hallways and classrooms at the junior and high school building.The community baseball and softball facility is also completely underwater and a lot of equipment was damaged.

There were Flood Warnings for points along area rivers, including the Grand River in Comstock Park and Robinson Township. 

You can check river levels here.  The Pine River at Alma crested around a foot above flood stage and the Maple River at Maple Rapids around 9″ above flood stage. 

Here’s a rainbow pic. from Jerry Hoag at Chippewa Lake. 

National river levels are here.  As I write this, 45 gauges are experiencing major flooding.  Pic. is flooding near Chariton IA (from Austin Hamilton).  Lots of flooding in the Plains

Some rainfall totals from Thu 3/14):  1.53″ at the Muskegon Arpt. (a daily record), 1.38″ Fremont, 1.29″ Whitehall, 1.02″ near Hart, 0.83″ Grant, 0.77″ W Olive, 0.76″ Shelby, 0.71″ Battle Creek (plus a gust to 56 mph), 0.66″ Holland, 0.61″ Mecosta, 0.53″ Kent City, 0.48″ Grand Rapids, 0.45″ Lansing, 0.44″ Kalamazoo. 

Also:   Low-hanging clouds over Lake MichiganHurricane coming into E. Africa

Fortunately, precipitation amounts have been light and we’ve pretty much melted off most of the snow except for the piles. 

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