Flood Update: Power will remain on in Lowell

7:09 PM, Apr 20, 2013   |    comments
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Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) -- The City of Lowell says based on revised projections from the National Weather Service, it will not be necessary to cut power to people living east of the Flat River.

Initially, the city was concerned the water would rise to a level that could jeopardize a main transformer. The earlier advisory about a shut down is now lifted.

 The Grand River was at 18.83 feet as of 4 p.m. today. The National Weather Service has predicted that it will rise to 19.05 feet by 8 p.m. and crest at 19.2 feet by 8 a.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service predicts that it will begin receding by 2 p.m. on Sunday.

City Manager Mark Howe say despite the revision, the flood waters will break the city's record of 19 ft, set back in 1948.

 Officials are preparing. As of early this afternoon, about 200 homes were experiencing problems due to rising water. 

The city is closing Main Street in the historic downtown business district.   Howe says there is not a mandatory evacuation and residents are being told to use their own judgement if they want to stay or go.

When asked about looting, City Manager Howe said additional police officers are being brought in to protect property should residents choose to evacuate. 

A Red Cross Shelter is set open at The First Baptist Church at 2275 W Main St Lowell, MI 49331.  The church is not within the area of Main Street the city is closing.  As of Last night, Police Chief Barry Getzen said no one had stayed at the shelter, but he says it will remain open to anyone who needs it.

Below are other updates from the city:

• M-21 (Main Street) east of the Flat River in the City of Lowell is closed. Drivers are encouraged to take an alternate route.

• Jackson Street and the bridge over the Grand River is closed.

• Crews are working to keep Hudson Street between the Grand River and Bowes Road open. Hudson Street is the second north/south bridge over the Grand River.

• The City of Lowell is encouraging traffic to be limited to residents and emergency vehicles only.

You can find updates on the City of Lowell website.

 

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