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Repeat of 'Flood of 1986' in Newaygo?

4:02 PM, Apr 19, 2013   |    comments
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Flooding in the city of Newaygo. (Apriul 19, 2013)

NEWAYGO, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Muskegon River has past the height it reached during a flood two years ago, and it's expected to go up another foot by Saturday evening.

Flooding along the river now includes Don Marr's front and backyards. Marr and his neighbors are inside Newaygo city limits. In 1986, flood waters went half way up the windows of his house.

Friday, Marr realized he now needs to move vehicles to higher ground and keep a close eye on the river this weekend.

Two doors down the river on Sarrell Drive the Oliver home is now surround by the Muskegon River. "I always wanted a mote around my house. Like King Arthur. You got it. Be careful what you wish for," joked Lee Oliver.

Oliver has moved his valuables out and is prepared for the river crest Saturday evening because he has flood insurance.

Meanwhile, all access points to the river are closed after the Newaygo County Department of Emergency Management issued a state of emergency. But that didn't stop two canoeists from going out onto the swollen river. According to a DNR officer, the two people flipped their canoe but were able to swim to shore unharmed.

At the Croton Dam, Consumers Energy has not adjusted the spill gates since Thursday at Noon.

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