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Heavy downpour tears apart roadways, causes flash flooding in Cass County

A pretty big chunk of Oil City Road in Cass County has essentially been washed away after floods and heavy rain struck southwest Michigan late Saturday afternoon.

A pretty big chunk of Oil City Road in Cass County has essentially been washed away after floods and heavy rain struck southwest Michigan late Saturday afternoon.

Giant chunks of road are splattered across the roadway, most of which washed into Davis Lake itself.

In contributed video from Pamela Rosas, you can see water rushing down the road with tree branches, debris and even a trash can joining the rapids.

Rosas says as she shot the footage, she felt uneasy the entire time.

"Unexpected, scary, not knowing you know if the house is going to collapse, or how far up it's going to come. It was basically fight or flight mode. Just figure out what to do and get out,” Rosas said.

In a field just west of Davis lake, water damage flowed through neighborhoods causing evacuations. Rosas and her boyfriend left, only to come back to assess the damages.

"At this point we're not really sure what the next step is but i guess we'll figure it out day to day,” Rosas said.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office also reported that they needed to perform two seperate water rescues after individuals were stranded on top of their vehicles in fast flowing bodies of water. The department also reports they responded to 17 weather-related calls between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. They are still working to find the final number of damaged roadways and properties.

Cass County officials are urging those in the are to stay away from fast-flowing rapids if they happen to come across them as rain conditions continue through Sunday.

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