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Culverts get attention along rain-swollen waterways in Kent County

“When you have significant rain in a short period of time, it picks up limbs and brush,'' said Jerry Byrne of the Kent County Road Commission.

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — More than three inches of rain in parts of metro Grand Rapids has inundated streams and caused flooding in low-lying areas.

Debris collecting at a culvert that carries Mill Creek beneath Lamoreaux Drive NW in Comstock Park is also a concern for the Kent County Road Commission.

“When you have significant rain in a short period of time, it picks up limbs and brush, and brings it down to the narrowest point. And unfortunately, that’s usually a road culvert,’’ said Jerry Byrne, director of maintenance for the Kent County Road Commission.

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Crews this week will use heavy equipment to remove limbs that are collecting in Mill Creek at Lamoreaux Drive, he said.

“We’ll work from the road and pick those pieces out,’’ Byrne said. “It has the potential of blocking the culvert off and then the water will go over the road.’’

Flooding caused the closings of more than a dozen roads throughout Kent County on Monday. 

RELATED: Rainy weather is delaying area road construction

Byrne said saturated ground and open farmland contributed to localized flooding.

“There is no vegetation, so that water is going to run off quicker,’’ he said. “If this happened in July and you had crops, that would help slow down the runoff.’’

Moderate flooding is expected along the Grand River in Comstock Park later this week. 


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  • Riverpoint at Indian
  • Bailey Park at Purchase
  • Canright at Briggs
  • 4 Mile Rd at Briggs
  • Reeds Lake Blvd at East Beltline
  • Reeds Lake Blvd at Hall
  • Reeds Lake Blvd at Manhattan
  • Peach Ridge Ave from 8 Mile Rd to 9 Mile Rd
  • Division Ave from 7 Mile Rd to Hayes St
  • McPherson between Alden Nash Ave and Lincoln Lake Ave
  • McPherson between Parnell and Alden Nash Ave
  • Conservation between Fero and McCabe Ave
  • 68th St between Pratt Lake and Wingeier
  • Pratt Lake between 64th St and 68th St
  • Cherry Valley between 76th St and 84th St
  • Coldwater between 100th St and 108th St
  • 60th St between M-50 and Bancroft


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