Portland Residents Evacuated Due To Flooding

Residents in Portland had to be evacuated early Wednesday morning due to flooding on the Grand River.

Ionia County Emergency Management said water was moving up to multiple homes on Water Street near the river, prompting officials to evacuate residents on that street.

A caller to the WOOD Radio Newsroom tells us fire officials were also performing water rescues around that time. They also said evacuees could go to Portland City Hall for shelter.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Southeastern Ionia County until 1:15 p.m. Thursday, saying the flooding is likely being caused by rain, snowmelt, and a likely ice jam that has formed downstream of Portland.

Forecasters say Sebewa residents will also likely see flooding.

Officials are reminding residents to turn around, don't drown when they encounter flooded roads. They also say if you encounter a flood, you should move to higher ground immediately.


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