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Mid-Michigan on road to recovery after heavy rain, flooding

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Anderson Road in Bay County (Source: WNEM) Anderson Road in Bay County (Source: WNEM)

The clock is ticking for some Mid-Michiganders to apply for disaster relief following the terrible floods that slammed Mid-Michigan. 

In Midland, the flooding was so severe that much of the downtown area was soaked. The Midland County Courthouse was closed Monday. State Attorney General and Midland-native Bill Schuette spoke in Midland Sunday saying a plea for more help will be made to Gov. Rick Snyder. 

Snyder went airborne Monday to survey the damage in Mid-Michigan caused by flooding.

“Good to see rivers starting to go down in Isabella and Midland counties. State Emergency Operations Center and my office have been working on this since the storm began,” Snyder said in a statement. “We have been addressing needs as they arise, and will continue working with local emergency management coordinators and FEMA to determine the full impact once floodwaters recede and we can get more complete assessment of damage.”

While there are some roads and streets that remain closed while they get repaired, the county will no longer be posting them and will be resuming normal operations for road closures.

Dispatchers said some people tried to drive through flooded areas and were stranded.

Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson is urging residents to stay out of the flooded water.

"There's no reason to be in it, especially if you're going to use some type of kayak or row boat or what now. I know another county, Isabella County, had somebody get stuck in a kayak. So we had to go out and get them. Their fire department had to go out and get them. So it just uses up your resources within your county or city," Stephenson said.

Midland residents warn flood water simply isn't clean and does not substitute summer fun on the lake.

"I think you need to be careful because it's not necessarily just rain water that we're talking about. So you need to be careful and maybe not go wading and things like that, but just use common sense," said Kelly Stinson, resident.

Stephenson said the emergency departments are working hard, but Mother Nature keeps bringing more rain to the area. He urges everyone to stay updated and out of the water.

If you have flooding in Midland County, click here to learn how to report it.

Isabella County

In Isabella County, officials reported many flooded roads. Drivers were told to use caution and remember to never drive through water. 

The American Red Cross opened a shelter in Isabella County for people to go. They also distributed clean-up kits to residents affected by the flooding.

>>Find the list of road closures in Isabella County by clicking here.<<

The Central Michigan Health Department and the City of Mt. Pleasant Division of Public Works are urging residents to avoid contact with the Chippewa River. Untreated sewage entered the river on Friday as a result of the flooding, the health department said.

Officials will test the river for E. coli after the flood waters recede.

Bay County

Bay County Central Dispatch reported standing water and debris on many county roads, especially roads with deep irrigation and drainage ditches. Roads that remain closed as of June 27 were:

  • Carter Road – River to Parish
  • Mt Forest Road – Carter to Main Street
  • Anderson Road – Rogers to Bay Mid Line Road

Roads that still have water over them:

  • Beaver Road* – M-13 to 4 Mile Road
  • 4 Mile Road – North of Beaver

County officials said the water is shallow in those areas - less than 6 inches - however, actively flowing from the north side of Beaver to the south. They anticipate that both of these roads could be opened by Wednesday. 

To keep up-to-date on roads impacted by flooding, click here

Bay County Executive Jim Barcia requested the state declare a state of disaster for Bay County. Isabella and Midland counties have already been declared disaster areas by the state.

Bay County declared a local state of emergency on June 23. If you experienced flood damage at your home or business, you are asked to fill out the form here.

Saginaw County

In Saginaw County, emergency management officials reported on June 27 that all road closings related to the recent flooding should now be open with the exception of W. Michigan between Center and St. Andrews.

Gratiot County

Gratiot County has issued a list of road closures, find the updates here.

Isabella and Midland County residents are encouraged to report personal property damage using the phone numbers below:

  • Isabella County - 989-779-1452
  • Midland County - 989-837-3500

>>Slideshow: Flooding in Mid-Michigan<<

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