Heavy Rain Could Mean Weekend Flooding

Heavy Rain Could Mean Weekend Flooding

West Michigan saw a lot of snow this winter, and now water levels are high.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Evan Webb told WOOD Radio rivers and streams across southwest and lower Michigan are running at levels above normal for the month of April. This could mean flooding problems in the Great Lakes region, as a heavy storm system moves through tomorrow afternoon.

"We'll likely see river flooding, and with the bigger rain event, that definitely poses a concern. The heaviest rainfall will be to the north and northwest of Grand Rapids, in the Muskegon basin."

Webb said rivers like the Pere Marquette and Muskegon River are likely to rise between 2 and 2.5 inches.

"Heavy rain is expected Sunday afternoon through Sunday evening. We're not only concerned about the rivers, but we are expecting minor urban-flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas."

In April 2013, the Grand River flooded (pictured).

There is a flood watch in effect from Saturday afternoon through Monday morning. Learn more about that here, and stay tuned to WOOD Radio for severe weather updates on the air and via Facebook and Twitter.


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