Spring Thaw Looking Better for Previously Flooded Areas

“This time of year we have to watch how the ice thaws and what rain or moisture comes along with that thaw,” Mecosta County Emergency Management Coordinator Scott Schroeder said. 

Ice thaw makes all the difference when it comes down to whether homes on a stretch of the Muskegon River in Rogers Heights will flood.

“This year looks very good. It’s what we look for is a year that has lower snowfall amount, less water in the snow, and then couple that with a nice easy warm-up and no significant rain.”

Anywhere from 60 to 80 homes here can be affected by flooding.

Water rose as high as four feet in 2013’s spring thaw.

“No one really wants to deal with flooding and all the stuff that comes around with it, but that’s nature I guess,” Ferris State University Senior Michael Alicki said. “You just gotta be prepared for it. I mean living on a river’s a risk.”

He’s prepared to go to a nearby relative’s house if big floods happen this year.

“The water does tend to come up to this first tree line right here, but besides that I’ve never experienced any water really coming into the house.”

Although there is low flood risk so far this year, there’s still a chance it could come down the road.

Schroeder said, “If for some reason there was still some snow on the ground, and the frost hadn’t left the ground yet, and there’s a forecast for a large amount of rain in a short amount of time, then we’d have to be concerned with some flooding again.”