Flooding concerns rise as the rain continues to fall
Updated: Wednesday, April 17 2013, 10:55 PM EDT
WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – As rain continues to fall in West Michigan, flood concerns are rising along with water levels.
From Grand Rapids to Comstock Township the constant rain is no longer just annoying, it is a problem. With rivers in danger of overflowing their banks, many have no choice but to get ready for the water to cause damage.
Weather is continuing to cause all sorts of problems in West Michigan.
Emergency crews in Comstock Township rushed to the scene of a small fire after lightning strikes a tree. Neighbors tell Newschannel 3 that they heard a loud boom before some of them lost gas and power.
Karen Jameson lives about 30 feet from the Kalamazoo River in Comstock Township and says her daily routine now includes coming outside to her deck and checking on water levels.
“It’s a beautiful spot, but sometimes, sometimes,” said Jameson.
The major concern continues to be flooding, in the Grand Rapids area, rising waters have already shut down one intersection as several cars were caught in flash floods on Division near 28th Street. Many in the area are also dealing with power outages.
Newaygo County has already declared a local state of emergency, closing down all township and county owned access sites to the Muskegon River and people in the area are being urged to stay off the river until the flood warning is lifted.