Flood Warnings Issued For Several Local Rivers 4-27-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Flood Warnings Issued For Several Local Rivers 4-27-2011

Widespread rainfall over the past several days has resulted in some flooding issues across the area. The combination of the saturated soil and runoff into local rivers has prompted a flood warning for the Saginaw River near Saginaw.
This portion of the Saginaw River is at 13.5 feet and slowly rising. The flood stage near Saginaw is at 17 feet and the river is expected to rise above that level by Friday.
Unfortunately, flood concerns will continue because there is not really any relief in sight. Additional rain showers are in the forecast for this evening and tonight.
A flood warning is also in effect for the Chippewa River near Mount Pleasant, the Tittabawassee River near Midland and the Rifle River near Sterling.

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The Midland Daily News reported that Midland County Central Dispatch has closed several roads due to rising waters.
They include Tittabawassee River Road from Green to Lambert roads and Dublin Avenue, south of Plumtree Street.
The Daily News said also closed were Tittabawassee River Road between Dublin and Cook, West St. Andrews Road between Orchard Drive and the MMI building, and Golfside Drive. The paper says Emerson Park is also closed.
Additional rainfall amounts in excess of an inch during this period, combined with already saturated ground and elevated rivers, will enhance the potential for areas of flooding in low-lying areas.
Residents should be prepared to take preventative action in low lying areas.
FEMA is encouraging residents and business owners to take steps now to prepare for severe spring weather, including floods, tornados, and severe storms.
Individuals, families, and businesses can take steps now to prepare by:
• Preparing emergency supply kits that includes: -- a three-day supply of nonperishable food and bottled water -- battery-powered weather radio -- flashlight with extra batteries -- first aid kit -- prescription medications and glasses -- pet food and extra water for your pet -- copies of important documents, including driver's license, Social Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, etc.
• Having a disaster plan so your family knows how to contact one another, how you will get back together, and what you will do in different situations. Also, be sure to have copies of plans developed by your school and workplace.
• Identifying evacuation routes and a site away from the disaster area where family members can meet.
• Identifying business operations that are critical to survival and recovery. Communicate your plan with your employees, and develop systems to keep in touch with them should a disaster occur.
• Heeding all local warnings-listen to news and directions from your local and state officials. If told to evacuate, do so. Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify the various hazards, and know the difference between a watch and a warning.
WNEM TV5's First Warn 5 Weather Team has you covered this spring as potentially damaging storms push through our region.
Stay with us as further details on the flooding pours into our newsroom.
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