Flooding in the city of Newaygo. (Apriul 19, 2013)
NEWAYGO COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- The flooding caused damage across West Michigan and now some communities are beginning to figure how much repairs will cost.
The Muskegon River crested Friday at two feet above flood stage, flooding 76 homes. Newaygo County Emergency Manager Abby Watkins says damage in the county totals about $2 million, not including the $150,000 to $200,000 in damage done to area roads.
Last week 50 Newaygo County roads had problems because of high water. As of Thursday, that number was down to 15. Fixing all the problems like this washout will put the road commission behind on seasonal work.
"It will set us back three weeks," says Kelly Smith, Newaygo County Road Commission Director.
The flood will hamper cost-share projects with townships and significant funds that had been set aside for resurfacing projects primary roads.
"It will most likely take $100,000 out of that budget for us," said Smith.
Still, Watkins said it could have been worse. "We were fortunate that the forecast models were actually higher than what we received."