Some area rivers under no contact advisories
Updated: Wednesday, April 24 2013, 08:30 AM EDT
WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The Grand River is still running over its banks in several areas throughout Ottawa, Kent and Ionia Counties.
The Saint Joseph River is also still above flood stage in Three Rivers.
Both rivers are under no contact advisories as the flooding has caused potentially dangerous debris and chemicals to spill into the rivers.
Officials say just stay out of the water until they give the all clear.
"It's very tempting. It looks like a lot of fun out there but its very dangerous, there is so much bacteria and things that could make one ill in that water," said Ottawa County Communications Manager Shannon Felgner.
“It could be the contents of septic tanks, it could be animal waste, it could be fertilizers that people have already got the jump on, it could be almost anything," said Environmental Quality Specialist Chris Veldkamp.
The no contact advisory runs the length of the Grand River.
The St. Joe River advisory runs from Three Rivers to the Constantine Dam.
The health department is sampling the water and will let people know when it's safe to go back in.