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UPDATE: Flooding in Parts of Mecosta County

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UPDATE: 3:46 PM -- The Mecosta County Board Chairman Eric O'Neil has signed a declaration of Local State of Emergency regarding the flooding upstream from Rogers Heights.

The local state of emergency is in effect for seven days and may be extended by action of the full Board of Commissioners.

The declaration activates the County's Emergency Action Guide which will assist in making sure that local resources are being used to their fullest possible extent to provide safety for Mecosta County residents.

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UPDATE: 9:34 PM--9&10 News just got word that the number of residences affected in Mecosta County by the Muskegon River Flooding, is higher than originally anticipated.

Over 60 homes have been evacuated, all receiving significant flooding damages.

Earlier this evening they were approximating 20 to 30 homes.

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The Mecosta County Emergency Management Department is urging all residents near the river to monitor river levels and be prepared to evacuate to higher ground if necessary.

Officials say ice dams can cause water level changes at rapid paces.

The Mecosta County Emergency Management Department also wants to inform the public that you should not drive through roads covered with water because the depth of the water may be too deep for your car to pass safely.

Vehicles caught in rising water should abandon them quickly and move to higher ground

12 Mile Road between 183rd and 185th Avenues has been closed due to water across the road.

Anyone displaced by the flooding can go to the Mecosta County Services Building at 14485 Northland Drive in Big Rapids where Red Cross personnel is on site to assist the residents.

Residents can also call (231) 796-2626.

Flooding that is threatening buildings or roads may be reported to the Mecosta Central Dispatch by dialing 911.

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Officials are evacuating homes on 183rd and Garfield, just south of Big Rapids.

There are 20-30 homes on 183rd alone that are being affected, and they have rescued people from about a dozen homes.

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The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has issued a flood warning for some parts of Mecosta County.

They say an ice jam and snow melt are causing the Muskegon River to flood near Rogers Heights.

The flooding is currently affecting homes along Riverside Drive and 183rd Avenue or 12 Mile Road.

Residents along the river between Rogers Heights and Big Rapids are instructed to monitor river levels closely, and evacuate if necessary.

The flood warning is in effect until 2:30 a.m. Saturday.