Rain increases Muskegon River flood risk

Flooding along Fish Creek in Montcalm County. (Courtesy Sandy Keeler - April 12, 2014)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Continued rain and the more snow in the forecast means there could be more than nuisance flooding in Muskegon County this week.

Muskegon was hit hard by Saturday’s storms, which downed trees and power lines that crews worked to clean Sunday.

And rain started to fall again Sunday, causing nuisance flooding that isn’t expected to cause any serious property damage.

But the National Weather Service says the Muskegon River is expected to continue to rise this week. By Thursday, there could be more than nuisance flooding.

“Make sure you have safe evacuation if you need to evacuate. Move things to higher ground if you need to do that,” NWS hydrologist Mark Walton said. “You really need to watch it closely because with the addition of rainfall coming in, it’s going to get worse. It’s not going to get better.”

Storm Team 8 will be tracking river levels and working with the NWS to keep you informed.

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