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People along Thornapple Lake dealing with floods
BARRY COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Those who live along the Thornapple River in Barry County are hoping it doesn't rain tonight. The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for the river above Hastings until Tuesday night.
And many people are already dealing with some serious flooding after last week's severe weather.
This is one of the hardest-hit areas here in Barry County. You can see Thornapple Lake comes all the way into yards here but it doesn't stop there.
Take a look here, you can see the water comes all the way into the street, just a stop sign sticking out there letting you know this was a road at one point -- and now neighbors who live here say they’re frustrated with this year’s consistent flooding.
When Dorene Dean moved to the lake years ago, she's didn't expect it would come knocking at her door.
"When it’s like this it’s yuck," Dean says. She and her neighbors say this year is one of the worst they've seen.
"It’s just kind of sickening to see it but there’s nothing we can do about it," says Frank Purchis, who lives near the lake.
"It’s getting to the point where at my age its getting a little frustrating, but I enjoy the lake so much that I stay," Dean says.
This is the third time in just a matter of months that they've had to deal with flooding. "It takes three or four days when we've had a lot of rain for it to come up and it takes like two or three weeks for it to totally go away," Dean says.
But while she waits for the water to recede, she's trying to stay positive. "The geese come up; we have a blast watching the geese and all that,” Dean says. “They come up in the yard too."
And she has some advice for her neighbors. "Just stick it out if you live around the lake. Either that or get out and move!"
“Now there is a chance this area could see some rain Monday night but the National Weather Service says they don't expect it will be enough to raise the water levels.