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Rising flood waters causing road closures across Mid-Michigan

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Source: Julie Burdick Source: Julie Burdick

Floodwaters continue to rise in parts of Michigan as a storm sweeps across the Midwest and Great Plans, bringing heavy rains, snow and ice.

Numerous Flood Warnings, Advisories, and Watches remain in place across Mid-Michigan. For more specific information for your county, head to our Weather Alerts page

The heavy flooding is causing road closures in the area. 

Saginaw County

City crews closed Wickes Park Drive Wednesday due to the adverse effects of frost law. 

Frost law refers to the amount of frost remaining on the ground. 

"The warming and cooling of the ground during the up and down weather of spring causes the pavement to heave and buckle, creating potholes and broken pavement, typically occurring during the months of March, April and May," according to a press release from the city of Saginaw. 

To avoid further damage, the drive will be closed to through traffic at least six weeks, or until further notice. 

Multiple roads closed throughout Saginaw County due to flooding. Please check the Saginaw County Road Commission map for specific locations.

>>Click here for a map of road closures<<

The Tittabawassee River in Midland has begun to recede, so the Saginaw County area should see levels stabilize and begin to decline.

The Cass River in Frankenmuth has crested and should begin its decline.

The Saginaw River is predicted to crest overnight Thursday into Friday morning. If you live in areas that normally flood each spring please remain vigilant and monitor water levels. 

Midland County

A Flood Warning has been issued for the Tittabawassee River from Midland downstream into Saginaw from Wednesday until further notice. 

"I've never seen this in the winter time myself. We are getting lucky because we don't have any ice jams or anything like that so this is a good situation as far as it can be in the winter time definitely not very common," said Travis Keaton, parks supervisor for the city of Midland. 

The following roads are closed in Midland County due to flooding: 

  • Grant St at Castor Rd 
  • Geneva Rd at Mcnally Rd 
  • Magruder Rd between M-20 and Prairie Rd 
  • Magruder Rd at Stewart Rd 
  • Orr between Laporte and Tittabawassee 
  • Perrine North of Letts Rd 
  • Shearer Rd West of M-18 

The following roads are closed in the city of Midland: 

  • Ann St. from Ashman St. to Rodd St. 
  • Currie between Madison and Main 
  • Dublin at Plumtree 
  • Emerson Park Entrance 
  • Forest St 
  • Golfside Dr 
  • Main between Orchard and University Drive 
  • Northwood University South Entrance at Cook/University 
  • Patterson Road 
  • Pomranky St 
  • Soper St 
  • St Andrews between Orchard and Eastman 
  • St Charles St at Crissey St 
  • St. Charles Rd. at Poseyville Rd. (This closure prohibits access to Whitman Dr., Atwell St., and Pine River Rd. up to the intersection of Pine River Rd. and Grey Rd.)  
  • Sugnet Rd. from Harlow Dr. to Main St. No left turns are permitted from Saginaw Rd. to Main 
  • Tittabawassee River Rd between Dublin and Whiting Dr 
  • Tittabawassee River Rd West of Green Rd 
  • Towlsey St at Whitman Dr 

Genesee County

  • Elms Road S. of Willard is closed in Montrose Twp. 

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