Communities near waterfront prepare for possible flooding

Communities near waterfronts prepare for floods

COMSTOCK PARK, MICH. - Comstock Park residents are preparing for the Grand River to crest early next week following days of rainfall and wet snow.

According to TJ Turnage at the National Weather Service, low-lying areas will be the most at risk for moderate flooding with the river rising to nearly 14 feet.

“We have had pretty significant rainfall,” Turnage said. “Especially over the past couple of weeks, where in some cases three to four inches above normal for this time of year.”

Renter Brian Murk is in the process of removing some of his more valuable items for his home on Abrigador Trail.

“We were told by our landlord actually to move our cars to the gas station…by Friday night,” Murk said.

In the past, the road in and out of Murk’s neighborhood has flooded causing residents to wade through the water or use kayaks to get to and from their homes.

“The bigger the river is the longer it takes for all the smaller streams to flow into it and the water to percolate,” Turnage said. He projects the river to crest next Tuesday.

A flood warning is already in effect for the Grand River at Robinson Township in Ottawa County.

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