More rain could slow retreat of Mich. floodwaters - WNEM TV 5

More rain could slow retreat of Mich. floodwaters

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Up to an inch of rain could slow the retreat of floodwaters that have hit parts of West Michigan and the Saginaw area hard.

The National Weather Service reports a flood warning remains in effect for the Grand River in Grand Rapids and other areas along the waterway. Rain is expected to fall during the day Tuesday, but should move out of West Michigan by Tuesday night.

The rain-swollen Grand River has driven hundreds of people from their homes and flooded parts of downtown Grand Rapids.

Police in western Michigan say a body found in the flood-swollen Grand River belonged to a 28-year-old man who'd been missing since February.

The Grand Haven public safety department says workers at a marina were moving logs that had jammed against their docks when they spotted the body Thursday. Trevor O'Brien was reported missing Feb. 3.

As the water levels rise, another problem has emerged on the west side of the state. Sewage overflows. Officials say thousands of gallons of raw sewage have already flowed into the Saint Joseph River near the town of Three Rivers and nothing can be done until the water levels go down.

As much as 900 gallons of raw sewage per hour has been flowing into the river since Saturday. A health alert has been issued for the St. Joseph River until further notice.

In Saginaw County, a flood warning remains in effect for the Saginaw River. Flooding in the area has left homes, businesses and part of the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge under water. A half-inch of new rain is forecast by the end of Tuesday.

The water continues to recede in parts of Midland County. In Sanford, residents are working to clean up the mess left behind by all the water.

Volunteers were out Monday night, cleaning up a park that was underwater just three days ago.

The U.S. Coast Guard has also rescued a woman in her 40s from the Detroit River.

Detroit police say the woman was in the water Monday night near where the Detroit Princess Riverboat is docked. She was taken to a hospital, and was listed in critical condition.

The Detroit Free Press reports the woman was between the boat and land when she was rescued. The Coast Guard says the water temperature was about 46 degrees.

It wasn't immediately known how long the woman was in the river.

Gas prices are on the rise in Michigan and it's all thanks to the floods throughout the midwest.

In Michigan, prices have jumped nearly a quarter in the past week to a statewide average of 3-75 a gallon. The torrential rain has forced companies to shut down pipelines and refineries until those flood waters recede.

As far as the forecast in Mid-Michigan, TV5 Meteorologist Trainee Ted Phaeton says that we're looking at another day topping out in the lower to mid 60s. Unfortunately, an advancing cold front will be accompanied by some afternoon showers that will creep into our area in the mid to late afternoon. Winds will be out of the SSE between 15 and 20mph throughout the day.

The rain will continue tonight and with temperatures falling to the lower 30s, we can see a little mix of snow as well. Showers will taper off by early Wednesday leading to colder temperatures behind that front as we top out at about 50 degrees with mostly cloudy skies.

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