River Flooding – Ice Jams

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Drone 8 over flooding on the Grand River in Portland in February 2019.

We continue to monitor ice jams on the Grand River. Some Portland homes along Canal St. were evacuated again today (Fri.) due tothe Grand River to spill over its banks in Ionia County.  Both Portland City Hall and the Ionia Armory are being used as shelters. 

All bridges over the Grand River in Portland are closed due to the flooding.

Crews working diligently to build a barrier to help protect the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Portland. There was a sewage overflow into the Grand River. Health officials recommend no body contact with the river downstream of the Portland wastewater treatment plant.

Houses on Water Street were flooded and 50 residents were evacuated. Businesses along Kent Street near Grand River Avenue were also flooded, with upwards of two feet of water in their basements.   Here’s photos of the flooding and ice jam in Portland.  There is a river gauge near Portland, but it’s not picking up the extent of the flooding there. 

Grand River at Comstock Park

We are also tacking the river in Comstock Park, where the river is about at flood stage.  At that level there is minor flooding along Abrigador Trail, Willow Dr., Konkle Dr. and at the end of Elmdale St. 

Grand River at Robinson Township

There is also an ice jam in Ottawa Co. near Robinson Township (a bend in the river where we’ve had a number of ice jams in the past).  We expect the river to hold close to flood state (13.3 ft.) into early next week.  

Temperatures will remain cool, so little extra runoff into the rivers is expected for a few days. 

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