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Warmer weather creating slushy conditions, flood risks on roads
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The warmer weather is creating slushy conditions in West Michigan, and a big mess on the roads.
While main roads are mostly clear, side streets in Kalamazoo are still very snow covered.
Given a predicted weekend warm-up, there is now a new set of concerns for drivers.
That new concern is that with snow-melt and rain, streets will be flooded across West Michigan, due to clogged drains.
Newschannel 3 spoke with several people who are cleaning up the latest bits of slush and snow before the warm-up sets in.
Several days after the snow stopped flying, the shovels are still out along Kalamazoo streets.
Rick Klinkers lives in the Milwood neighborhood, and his driveway is right next to a storm drain that has been known to back up with ice in the winter.
Concerned about flooding and other dangers, cities across West Michigan are asking people to clear ice and snow away from city drains.
All over town, the scene is pristine white snow on the roads turning to mountains of ugly slush, making it a very messy and slick drive around neighborhoods.
The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office says driving through heavy slush can be dangerous because it knocks vehicles off course, shifting their tires around.
The main roads are clear, but the neighborhoods are where the slushy spots are, so you are urged to slow down in those areas.