Heavy rains lead to flooding concerns
Updated: Friday, April 12 2013, 08:14 PM EDT
WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The constant rain is causing concerns about flooding across West Michigan.
The heavy rains over the last few days have caused some flooding in local rivers and streams, such as the Thornapple River in Hastings.
Back-to-back storm systems dropped 2-4 inches of rain since last Monday, leading to numerous flood advisories and warnings across the area.
The Thornapple River in particular is measuring at 5.7 feet, and could reach 7 feet by next week.
Residents along Thornapple Lake are all too familiar seeing higher water levels.
Back in May of 2004, almost 8 inches of rain fell that month, more than double the May average.
Jim Maczko, the warning coordinator meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, says that river levels will stay high, so residents should pay attention to their surroundings over the next few days.
Maczko also mentioned that the rainfall did help with the lack of rain that West Michigan has seen over the last 3-5 years.
The National Weather Service says the river levels will subside just a little over the weekend, but more rain is on the way next week.