Most W. MI rivers crest, slowly start to fall

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CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Most rivers in West Michigan have crested and are starting to slowly fall after last week’s heavy rains.

In Grand Rapids, the Grand River was expected to crest at 19.5 feet early Friday morning. It’s about a foot below the crest during the flooding in February 2018, according to the National Weather Service.

NWS issued Flood Warnings for most area rivers, including the Grand, Thornapple, Kalamazoo, Portage and Muskegon rivers. More information on river forecasts can be found online.

The high waters have prompted the closures of some roads. As of Friday afternoon, the Kent County Road Commission said the following roads were closed:

  • Konkle Drive at Jupiter Avenue
  • River Point Drive at Indian Drive
  • Canright at Briggs Boulevard
  • Bailey Park at Purchase
  • 4 Mile Road at Briggs
  • 68th Street between Pratt Lake and Wingeier
  • Pratt Lake between 64th Street and 68th Street
  • Conservation between Fero and McCabe
  • Jackson Street between M-21 and Grand River Drive
  • Grand River Drive between Oberly to Montcalm
  • Ashley between M-44 and 7 Mile Road
  • Summit between 12 Mile Road and 13 Mile Road
  • Ritchie between 19 Mile Road and Egner
  • Olin Lakes between M-46 and Solon
  • Veterans Memorial Drive SW East of Butterworth in Walker
  • Riverbend Drive SW east of Butterworth Street SW in Walker

KCRC said it’s likely most affected roads will remain closed through Monday.

Drivers are advised to obey all traffic barricades and do not move any road closure barricades. Drivers who do see water covering the roadway are advised to “turn around, don’t drown.”

On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed an emergency declaration to help coordinate federal disaster relief efforts. It comes after floodwaters overtook two dams in central Michigan, causing extensive damage.

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