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Portland's Grand River Bridge reopens following ice jams, flooding

According to the City of Portland, Michigan's Facebook page, officials are monitoring upriver ice jams and have determined the bridge is safe to open. Although, they did say the bridge can be closed at a moment's notice. (City of Portland, Michigan Facebook)

The Grand River Bridge in Portland has reopened, according to city officials, after broken ice jams caused flash flooding on Friday, Feb. 8.

According to the City of Portland, Michigan's Facebook page, officials are monitoring upriver ice jams and have determined the bridge is safe to open. Although, they did say the bridge can be closed at a moment's notice.

Ionia County declared a state of emergency for the Portland area Friday as several residents were evacuated from affected areas as frigid waters spilled over the Grand River into residences and businesses along the shoreline.

The city said in a release that due to "excessive storm water that has entered the system," partially treated or untreated waste water was discharged into the Grand River during the flooding. The electrical grid is in stable condition, although power was disconnected in the affected areas.

The Allendale Fire Department said via their Facebook page that all ice fishing on the bayou has been suspended and been marked by yellow tape. The department advised all individuals to not cross the river during the ice jam.


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