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Consumers Energy letting out water at Croton Dam

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NEWAYGO COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- Consumers Energy continues to make adjustments to the amount of water being released from spillways at the Croton Dam.

As the water above the dam on the Muskegon River continues to rise, the company again let more water through gates at the dam. At the Hardy Dam, an underground spill tube was also opened Thursday.

In accordance with federal guidelines, Consumers Energy must keep river flows above and below their structures the same. A spokesperson for the company says there is still room to increase spill capacity if water flow on the river increases Friday or over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the Ashland Township Fire Department evacuated 15 people along Ferris Street Thursday after the road washed out, stranding residents.

They are staying at a Red Cross shelter in Fremont.

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