ROBINSON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are closely monitoring the Grand River in Robinson Township as water levels have risen past the flood stage.
Officials say there is a possible ice jam on the river at Grand Haven which could be causing the river levels to rise in Robinson Township.
The water was around 13.8 feet Thursday evening. Normally, the river flows at around 9 or 10 feet, with flood stage at 13.3 feet.
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Robinson Township early Thursday morning as river levels continue to rise significantly. The water is expected to crest on Saturday.
Residents in Robinson Township are accustomed to flooding, but it typically happens in the spring, not in January.
“All you can do is be prepared. The water is going to come,” area resident Tate Trecey said. “So you just got to get everything valuable or anything that’s going to be damaged, get it out of here or get it up high.”
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management has been in contact with township and city officials about the rising river levels. That office and the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids are closely monitoring the situation.
If residents along the river experience flooding issues, they are asked to call their local town hall to report it. If it’s an emergency, call 911.