Vehicles stall on flooded road near Holland

Holland Township, 104th Avenue, flooding
Two vehicles stalled on 104th Avenue near Adams Street in Holland Township after driving through standing water. (Jan. 11, 2018)


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Unusual warmth caused piles of snow in the Holland area to melt, leading to flooding along one area road Thursday afternoon.

104th Avenue south of Adams Street was covered in standing water. Around 3:30 p.m., one vehicle that had stalled in the flood had to be towed out of the water. Later, two vehicles were stuck.

Shortly before 10 p.m., the Ottawa County Road commission put up barricades along 104th between Adams and Mason Street.

Authorities say you shouldn’t drive through standing water — it’s difficult to tell how deep it is, so it could flood your car and cause it to stall. Additionally, you can’t tell if the road beneath has been washed away.

“You don’t know if there’s going to be a hole or whatever,” K&R Towing and Recovery driver Mike Fowler told 24 Hour News 8. “Don’t drive down it.”

Temperatures are expected to plummet again overnight, which will cause widespread freezing and should make for icy roads Friday morning.

“This road’s going to be like an ice rink,” Fowler predicted.

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He added on mornings where roads are treacherous, people may have to wait up to an hour for a tow truck because crews are so busy.

Area road commissions told 24 Hour News 8 they will have normal staffing levels overnight, but may end up calling in additional crews to put down as much salt as possible to clear the roads.

Kent County crews will also be working to patch potholes overnight.