Residents along the Grand River deal with flooding

Flooding Continues

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A flood warning has been issued in Kent County for the Grand River until Tuesday morning. As of Saturday, a number of streets were already flooded. 

"You got to make it fun, find the good parts of it," Jerrod Dawson said as he dragged a canoe along the water on Bailey Park Drive. 

Many streets along the Grand River are already impassable, bringing up some not-so-pleasant memories. 

"In 2013 a lot of the houses got water in it, caused a lot of damage," resident Darwin Jackson said.

"2013 was about three feet higher than we have right now," Dawson said. "That was a little bit of a wild ride, that was a  little scary. We're hoping and praying that this isn't that substantial." 

Kent County Emergency Management does not expect flood waters like 2013 but they are urging neighbors, to be prepared.

"Totally gutted out my basement, got some highland sheds that I throw all my stuff in, just open up the garage door and just let it flow through," Dawson said.  

"As long as you got a row boat and waders you're good to go," Jackson added. 

The Grand River is expected to rise above flood stage Sunday just before midnight and continue to rise near 18 feet by early Monday morning. Emergency Management says the river should return to below flood stage by Monday night. 

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