Ottawa County remains under state of emergency
Updated: Monday, April 22 2013, 06:06 PM EDT
OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Ottawa County remains under a state of emergency Monday as water levels along the Grand River continue to rise.
The main area of concern is Robinson Township, an area prone to flooding. The Grand River isn’t expected to crest there until Monday night. The river is expected to begin falling after that, returning to normal levels of over 13 feet on Friday.
Robinson Township is an area prone to flooding, but those who live there say the water is currently the highest they’ve ever seen.
It’s taking three pumps running around the clock to keep water out of Felix Pytlinske’s house at Stern’s Bayou. Pytlinkse says the waters are the highest he’s seen since moving in back in 1929.
“It’s exactly staying even in the basement,” said Pytlinske, “I’ve got it pumped down to about two inches, if they keep running all the time they’ll stay even.”
Pytlinske says the waters from the Grand River have risen about six feet over the last month, but says it was all the recent rains that created the problems for him.
The National Weather Service expects the Grand River to crest in Robinson Township at about 17.3 feet. That’s forced a neighborhood of 14 homes on Van Lopik to evacuate and swallowed docks at a nearby boat launch.
“One of the things you need to know if you live on the river is how to swim,” said Pytlinske.
The Red Cross says they are on stand-by in both Spring Lake and Robinson Township if anyone is in need, but they say because flooding is a fairly common occurrence in the area, many residents that do need to leave home already have a place to go.