Flood waters make for a difficult to navigate Kalamazoo
KALAMAZOO, Mich. —
Several main roads in Kalamazoo are closed due to flooding, making it difficult for drivers to get around.
If you've tried to drive through the Eastern and Southern parts of Kalamazoo, you know just how bad this has gotten. A few people decided to take their kayaks for a ride.
"We figured this is the first and last time we'll get to do this," Bryan Daniel, a kayaker, said.
Daniel and his friend Tyler Morgan are with the Kalamazoo Paddle Club. They were trying to kayak down Riverview Drive all the way to Arcadia Brewery for a drink Saturday afternoon.
"We've already been downtown. We started over at ROI and went all the way to the hospital. We actually kind of helped a delivery truck get into the hospital which was kind of cool," Morgan said.
For those stuck in cars, it's a never ending battle to navigate Kalamazoo's South and East side. The Gull Road/ Riverview Drive intersection is almost completely shutdown.
"We tried to take, I think this is Patterson right here? That didn't work, so basically we went all the way back to Sprinkle Road," Willie Morris, a Comstock resident, said.
Andrew Morey manages the Muffler Man on Riverview Drive. He's shocked by how quickly the road took on water.
"It's crazy, just yesterday there was traffic going through," he said.
His customers have been able to get to his shop, but only after some creative navigating.
"Everybody's pretty much been complaining how long it takes to get here how they've got to drive around Parchment and then Gull Road to find their way," Morey said.
Kalamazoo officials sent out a press release saying roads will be slowly reopened as the flood water recedes. But they warn drivers that traffic will continue to be impacted into next week and they should plan accordingly when traveling near impacted areas.