Four days of rain last week have produced significant impacts across Southwest Michigan. Three to five inches of rain occurred over this time frame, with the highest totals being 5.35 inches at Sunfield in Eaton County, and 5.04 inches in Comstock Park in Kent County. As a result many rivers have gone above flood stage.
Moderate flooding is occurring along the Grand River near Comstock Park. As of Sunday morning the river was two feet above flood stage and is expected to continue to rise to nearly two and half feet above flood stage by Monday morning. The river is not expected to fall below flood stage until Thursday evening. Several roads along the Grand River in Comstock Park are flooded and some may be closed. Homes in the area will experience flooded basements.
Other areas that will see minor flooding over the next several days include:
- Along the Grand River at Ionia in Ionia County, at Lowell in Kent County, and at Robinson Township in Ottawa County.
- The Muskegon River near Croton in Newaygo County
- The Thornapple River above Hastings in Barry County
- The Maple River at Maple Rapids in Clinton County
Here is an image of rainfall totals from April 9th through the 12th:
The forecast calls for another wet period starting late tonight and lingering into Thursday. The rain tonight through Wednesday morning is not expected to be that heavy, generally around three quarters of an inch over the three day stretch. This should only cause the flooding to persist, but shouldn't worsen conditions. However by Wednesday afternoon the rain is expected to become heavier with an additional inch or two possible through Thursday morning. If this heavier rain does occur, river levels will likely rise further, causing even more severe flooding. Continue to stay abreast of the latest weather and river level forecasts.