Rainfall totals from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night ranged from 1 to 3 inches in most areas. A heavier swath of rain fell from the Lake Michigan shore at Holland and Grand Haven east in the Grand Rapids area. In this area, (Ottawa, Allegan and Kent Counties) some 4 to 5 inch rainfall totals were found. Flooding will continue on larger rivers like the Grand and Muskegon into next week with crests occurring late in the weekend. Smaller creeks and streams will begin to recede today as widespread rainfall has ended and only scattered showers are expected today. Flooding of low lying areas and farmland will likely continue today and slowly recede over the weekend. If you live along a stream or river closely monitor levels today and into the weekend. Be prepared to move to higher ground.
Strong southwest to west winds are expected today increasing to 20-30 mph with gusts to 45-55 mph. If outside today dealing with flooding issues beware of dead tree limbs or trees that may be knocked down by the wind. The saturated ground may make it easier to bring down trees as well. Scattered power outages will be possible given the conditions today.
An update of the heavy rain/flooding event can be viewed here:
Information on current and forecast river levels can be found HERE
Real Time Streamflow information as compared to normal/historical values can be found HERE
Flood Safety information can be found HERE
Michigan specific flood information (from the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness) can be found HERE
Some pictures of the flooding in Downtown Grand Rapids can be found HERE courtesy of GRNOW on Facebook. Pictures taken Thursday.