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Flood concerns persist on Grand River
OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - All the snow is making for some flooding concerns moving forward.
The concern is mainly centralizing in Robinson Township along the Grand River, in northern Ottawa County.
The river is currently sitting at 14 feet, 7 inches, which is considered flood stage.
Now, emergency managers are keeping a close eye on the river as a precaution to those who live there.
The flooding concerns along the Grand River are currently minor ones, as in some areas the river has gone up over the banks, and going up 6 inches overnight.
Residents say that this year is like many others, and in the past, they've seen far worse.
On the Grand River, ice jams have stalled water flow beneath the drawbridge in Grand Haven.
The backup, paired with extreme temperatures changes has prompted a flood warning in Ottawa County's Robinson Township.
The affected area is a small one, prone to flooding, where homeowners have turned down a city buyout.
While homeowners have learned to adapt to the rising river, lining their cars on dry roads, and being forced to walk home on flooded streets, emergency managers continue to watch the weather closely, hoping it doesn't get worse.
If the river reaches 15 feet, that's considered 'moderate' flood stage.
Ottawa County officials ask that those that live in the area remember to use caution, and not use roads that are covered with standing water.