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NWS Issues Flood Warnings

Posted April 12th, 2014 @ 11:21am

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings taking effect next week for some West Michigan waterways.

The Rogue River below Rockford was measured at 5.0 feet Saturday morning, and a flood warning takes effect Monday afternoon. Flood stage is 8.0 feet, and forecasters predict the river will surpass that by Monday evening and hit 8.6 feet by Tuesday afternoon. A stage of 8.0 feet brings minor flooding of homes upstream of Rockford.

A flood warning takes effect Monday evening for the White River above Whitehall. The stage Saturday morning was 3.7 feet, with flood stage bring 6.0 feet. The river's expected to rise above flood stage Monday evening and hit 6.4 feet by Tuesday afternoon.

The Muskegon River at Evart was measured at 10.3 feet Saturday morning, with flood stage being 12.0 feet. Forecasters announced flood warning taking effect late Monday, and they predict moderate flooding starting Monday afternoon, with water expected to rise to near 13.7 feet by Thursday morning. A stage of 14.0 feet means major flooding in subdivisions along the Muskegon upstream of Evart.

There's a flood warning taking effect late Monday for the Muskegon River near Croton, which was measured at 7.7 feet Saturday morning, with flood stage being 9.0 feet. Forecasters predict it will rise above flood stage by Monday evening. By Wednesday, it's predicted to rise to 11.1 feet. NWS says a stage of 11.0 feet means moderate flooding of cottages and homes upstream of Newaygo on Salmon Run and Russell Road, the Devils Hole area, and Gardner Drive. There could be moderate flooding of homes and cottages downstream of Newaygo in the Anderson Flats area, Sugar Bush Lane and Maple Drive, Bell Meadow Drive, and the Lower Bridgeton area.

There's a flood warning for the Pere Marquette River near Scottville from Tuesday morning through April 19. Saturday morning, the river was measured at 3.7 feet, with flood stage being 5.5 feet. Water there is expected to rise to near 6.2 feet by Wednesday early afternoon.

A flood advisory for the Grand River at Ionia has been extended through April 19. The stage there was 13.9 feet Saturday morning. Flood stage is 21.0 feet, but forecasters expect the water to rise to only 16.7 feet by Wednesday afternoon.

For the Grand River at Lowell, a flood advisory was also extended until April 19. At that location, the river was estimated to be 8.5 feet Saturday morning. Flood stage is 15.0 feet, but the weather service predicted the river to rise only to 10.9 feet by Thursday evening.

Learn more about active NWS alerts at this link.

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