More rain adds to flooded areas - WNEM TV 5

More rain adds to flooded areas

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM/AP) -

The rains overnight are once again causing flooding concerns across Mid-Michigan.

In Saginaw County alone, more than 30 roads remained closed due to the high water.

M-13 or East Road is closed at the Cass River. Traffic is re-routed onto Sheridan Avenue in that area.

Other closures include:

  • Nelson Road between Chapin and Steel – Lakefield Twp.
  • Pettit – Rathbun to Canada in Taymouth Twp.
  • Rathbunway between Elms and Maple in Bridgeport Twp.
  • W. Michigan/St. Andrews between Timothy and M-46 in Saginaw Twp.
  • Center between Stroebel and M-46 in Saginaw Twp.
  • Teft between Spencer and Thomas in Swan Creek Twp.
  • Hulien Road east of Sharon Road in St. Charles Twp.
  • Ryan Road east of Sharon Road in St. Charles Twp.
  • Tagget Road between Fry and Townline in Albee Twp.
  • Moore Road between Mower and Tom Cresswell in Spaulding Twp.
  • Tom Cresswell Road between Moore and Curtis in Spaulding Twp.
  • Canada Road between Elms and Moorish in Taymouth Twp.
  • Fenmore Road between Grabowski and Colvin in Lakefield Twp.
  • Chapin Road between Roosevelt and Lakefield in Lakefield Twp.
  • Huntington Road from M-13 to Casey in Spaulding Twp.
  • Casey Road from Washington to Huntington in Spaulding Twp.
  • Curtis Road between M-13 and Mower in Spaulding Twp.
  • Swan Creek/Center at Miller to Michigan in James Twp.
  • Swan Creek at Miller closed - detouring traffic north to M-46, so this means that Dutch, Trinklein, and Ederer are closed at Miller to stop the traffic from heading back to the east towards River Road - James/Thomas Twps.
  • Stroebel Road in James Twp.
  • Thomas Road at Swan Creek in Swan Creek Twp.
  • Teft Road at Spencer in Swan Creek Twp.
  • Willing Road at Swan Creek in James Twp.
  • Rathbun Road between M-13 and Bueche in Albee Twp.

16 bridges have also been closed in Bay County. Those bridges include:

  • 716 (Nine Mile Road and Parrish Road)
  • 684 (Doud Road between 8 and 9 Mile Roads)
  • 730 (8 Mile Road near River Road)
  • 715 (11 Mile Road at Beaver Road)
  • 679 (11 Mile Road near Townline)
  • 697 (Garfield Road near Beaver Road)
  • 682 (Beaver Road near Garfield Road)
  • 717 (Townline Road near 9 Mile Road)
  • 746 (8 Mile Road near Ott Road)
  • 674 (Fraser Road near North Union Road)
  • 728 Fraser Road near Cottage Grove Road)
  • 727 (Fraser Road near Wetter Road)
  • 683 (Beaver Road near 4 Mile Road)
  • 677 (Chip Road near Monitor Road)
  • 678 (Chip Road near Monitor Road)
  • 710 (M-13 near Monitor Road)
  • 719 (M-84 near Hotchkiss Road)

In Midland County, the following roads are clsed at this time:

MIDLAND CITY: ROADS CLOSED
Crissey between Benson and Towsley
Dublin between Plumtree and Tittabawassee
Emerson Park
Golfside at Currie
Tittabawassee River Road between Green and Northwood University

MIDLAND COUNTY: ROADS CLOSED
7 mile between Kent and Brooks

Also a concern because of the flooding are potholes. WNEM has received word of many roads in the area with gaping potholes that are making travel treacherous. In Bay County, Beaver Road has many potholes from M-13 to the I-75 overpass. Also, 8 Mile Road has many potholes in a stretch between Seidlers and Parish Roads.

The roads will remain closed until further notice. That's not the only problem.

Local sugar beet farmers continue to wait to plant for the year. They must wait for fields to dry out before they can get to work. It will take about a week once the rain stops for the fields to be dry enough to plant.

The Grand River in Grand Rapids is expected to crest Wednesday. The city is under a state of emergency because of the record floods. Right now, pumps are running around the clock in an effort to get water out of downtown buildings. Hundreds of people who live downtown remain evacuated, and forecasters say it would be another week before the river is back to normal levels.

It's not just Mid-Michigan dealing with flood concerns. In Illinois, thousands of sandbags are holding back the waters of the Illinois River, which is set to crest at its highest level in more than 100 years. But things are even worse on the Mississippi River, which isn't expected to crest until later this week. Residents along the banks have been ordered to evacuate.

As for Mid-Michigan's forecast, TV5 Meteorologist Trainee Ted Phaeton says the area will see wet conditions to start but will see those showers taper off by Wednesday afternoon and continue to see decreasing clouds give way to a bit of sun. Cold air settled in the region will only hold Wednesday's temperatures to the mid 40's, however.

Winds will be out of the northwest between 5-10 mph with some gusts around 20 mph around midday. Temperatures will drop to about freezing overnight with winds light out of the southwest. Thursday will warm up to around 50 degrees with a slight chance of a few afternoon showers. Friday looks to be warm and dry.

On the other side of the state, the rain-swollen Grand River in West Michigan is receding from record-setting levels as work takes place to clean up from flooding. Weather officials say the river at Grand Rapids has fallen about 2 feet since cresting and is expected to fall below flood stage Thursday.

The Fulton Street bridge over the river in Grand Rapids is open Wednesday after being closed Tuesday. Power lines on the bridge's underside were shut off Sunday, and there was concern about possible damage. The lines were turned back on Tuesday.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from homes. It's expected to take about a week before the Grand River drops back within its banks.

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