Boaters should be on the lookout for large trees, logs and other debris let loose into Michigan waterways in part by spring flooding, the U.S. Coast Guard has warned.
Along with two cities — Grand Rapids and Ionia, 19 counties are included,
Police in western Michigan say a body found in the flood-swollen Grand River belonged to a 28-year-old man who’d been missing since February.
“One of our customers actually kayaked out to us,” said Glorija Maticevic, owner of the frozen yogurt shop “Spoonlickers.”
The rain-swollen Grand River in West Michigan rose to above-record levels, driving hundreds of people from their homes and flooding parts of downtown Grand Rapids amid efforts to hold back the waters.
Some streets are closed and there’s basement flooding in many homes and businesses in Grand Rapids.
The American Red Cross has been responding to flooding situations throughout the state — due to the heavy rains.
A flood watch remains in effect for all of southeast Michigan, and a warning was issued for some areas.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the entire WWJ listening area with 2 to 4 inches of rain expected.
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