More Rain Hits Water-Soaked Mid-Michigan 5-25-2011 - WNEM TV 5

More Rain Hits Water-Soaked Mid-Michigan 5-25-2011

Periods of showers and thunderstorms are hitting Mid-Michigan on Wednesday, with more rain slated for Thursday.
Saginaw Township officials said estimated rainfall accumulations are expected in the 1- to 3-inch range in the Great Lakes Bay Region, and said rainfall intensity could pose a problem to yards which are already fully saturated.
"The ground is already very saturated and we are currently having one of the wettest springs on record," said TV5 Meteorologist Catherine Bodak. "This is setting the stage for more flood concerns across Mid-Michigan."
The township said sewer facilities are also operating at maximum capacities.
As a proactive measure, Saginaw Township is encouraging homes and businesses to make sure sump pumps, roof gutters and downspouts are in good operation.
The township said the groundwater table is up and the retention basin is full. Officials said water in the basin cannot be pumped down to the waste water treatment plant because the sewer line running to the plant is operating at full capacity.
This morning's heavy rain caused flooding on some roads as severe thunderstorms swept across southern Michigan. Damaging winds and large hail could strike later in the day and tonight.
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