NWS issues flood watch in Kent, Ottawa co.

An ice jam near where the Thornapple and Grand rivers meet in Ada Township. (March 19, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Kent and Ottawa counties through Friday morning due to rain, snow and ice jams.

NWS meteorologist Mark Sekelsky said weather authorities are primarily concerned about two areas of the Grand River in Comstock Park and Ada.

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Ice is currently flowing along the river in Comstock Park as warmer temperatures and rain have broken it up. However, there is concern an ice jam could form at the North Park Street bridge just near I-96, which would cause flooding.

In Ada Township, there is already an ice jam near where the Thornapple and Grand rivers meet — the first reported ice jam on the Grand River this season. Water is rising there, Sekelsky said.

The NWS said it will keep an eye on snow thaw, rainfall and ice jams, all of which contribute to the chances of a flood.


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