Grand River floods Portland buildings, prompts evacuations


PORTLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Some Portland homes and businesses are flooded after an ice jam caused the Grand River to spill over its banks in Ionia County.

Water Street was true to its name Wednesday, as the flooding swallowed the roadway and made its way into homes lining the street, forcing about 50 residents to evacuate overnight.

One resident described the flooding as "catastrophic." It surrounded 15 foot trees, leaving only the tops untouched, spilling over the top of a man's Monte Carlo and filling basements. The least flooded basement on N. Water Street still had 4-5 feet of water in it.

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