Heavy rain causes flooding on streets and yards in Muskegon

Muskegon streets flood

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The heavy rain that fell in Muskegon early Wednesday afternoon left many streets flooded with large puddles of rainwater.

The water was so deep on Creston Street passing cars and trucks caused waves to roll up and over the sidewalk along the road.   

"Well I am running across a flood right now, I see that," said Kevin Lott.  

Lott says he has seen a number of roads covered in water.  

And Lott jokingly warns driver to, "Keep your window up."

On Seaway Drive under the train bridge near Laketon the high water was intimidating many drivers.

"People turning around, some guys will not even go through it," said Lott.

In 2015 MDOT made drainage and safety improvements to five miles of Seaway Drive.

The drainage improvements were tested Wednesday and failed.  The half-hour of heavy rain again flooded the dip in the busy business route into and out of downtown. 

"Just a downpour hard," said Mark Alexander.  His home on West Sherman has water at the front door.  The water outside is receding.  But there's still water in the home's crawl space.  He recently spent several thousand dollars to seal and improve his home's foundation.  

"I bought it because I thought the flooding problem was over," said Alexander. 

He says he  was told a road project recently completed in front of his home would keep his yard and home from flooding.  He's says that project is failing because two culverts that weren't replaced with larger ones when the work was done.   

"I do not think they are big enough to take that much water at a time," said Alexander.

Much of the soil around the city is already saturated from the heavy rain Tuesday night.

The additional rain stressed storm drains.  And even more rain is expected to fall in Muskegon Wednesday night and parts of Thursday too.   


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