Flooding follows storm in Wyoming around Ideal Park

Flooding on Crippen Avenue SW near Buck Creek in Wyoming. (April 10, 2015)


WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — It was less about the wind and more about the water when it comes to storm damage in portions of Kent County.

Thursday night’s storm drove Buck Creek over its banks and flooding streets in one nearby neighborhood.

Friday morning, flood water still covered the 5700 block of Crippen Avenue SW, along with a large portion of Ideal Park.

For some residents living on Crippen, it was a here we go again moment.

“It feels like it. Yeah. A big bull’s eye,” said Jim English.

Thursday night it was the rain. In July 2014, an EF-1 tornado uprooted trees in Ideal Park, and then skipped across the street to English’s garage. The torn siding is a reminder of the tornado.

“My contractor is slowly working on it,” said English, who bought the house in 1998.

It wasn’t long before he realized that seemingly harmless creek on the other side of the park across the street tends to go over its bank when we get a deluge of rain. Like Thursday night.

“It was a pretty big storm, a lot of rain, a lot of continuous rain. I knew it was going to be bad,” said English. “It’s awfully low right here. It’s 660 some odd feet above sea level right here, which is quite low. And the creek, being a water shed for this whole area causes problems.”

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So English runs an extra sump pump when it rains heavily to keep his basement from flooding.

He says the required cost of flood insurance, required since the property falls into a federally designated floodplain, cost about $200 a year when he bought the place. It has quadrupled over the years.

Some Wyoming residents hypothesized that trees which were knocked into Buck Creek during the 2014 tornado caused the creek to back up during Thursday’s storm.

A City of Wyoming spokesperson told 24 Hour News 8 crews checked for those obstructions Thursday night, and didn’t find any problems. It was simply too much water too quick.

No evacuations have been ordered in the flooded area. However, some streets surrounding Ideal Park have been barricaded.

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