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Drainage system pushing rainwater through, says Bay Co. official

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Nearly two inches of rain has fallen in Bay County since Monday and the county's ditches are full and the rivers are swollen. But Bay County Drain Commissioner Joseph Rivet said he doesn't expect to see widespread flooding.

"So far, so good," said Rivet.

And that's a sigh of relief for one local resident. Dustin Meyer is wiping away the sweat because he said every time there's heavy rain, he gets flashbacks of last August.

"I've seen quite a bit of rain in the last few days, and nothing like it was last year, I mean the water levels, my backyard's dry," said Meyer.

Last fall, he watched his yard and basement flood when eight inches fell in about a day. But this year, the water's flowing away with no problems.

"A little more confident now, I see the ditch levels are a lot lower than they used to be," said Meyer.

Across the county, there's not much more than swollen rivers and full ditches. In the northern part of Bay County, a few bridges are closed because of high water levels and potential erosion.

But Rivet said residents can rest easy knowing the 1,400-mile drainage system is working as it should.

"We know that the systems are working, we have capacity for these types of events, so we fully expected everything to continue to work fine," said Rivet.

And even with a couple more inches of rain expected in the next couple of days, he said he doesn't expect any real problems.

"We're watching the weather, we're paying attention, we're making sure the drains are clear because we certainly don't want to relive that in the near future," said Rivet.

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