Newaygo, Osceola Counties Emergency Managers Monitor Rivers For Flooding As Rain Falls

Many are still experiencing the sound of falling rain, which hasn’t stopped since the beginning of your work week.

As rain keeps coming, rivers and roads are becoming saturated.

Leading to a number of concerns, as this rain isn’t expected to stop for a while.

Emergency managers from Isabella, Osceola, and Newaygo counties are keeping their eyes fixed on water levels, watching for anything that could lead to flooding.

“The situation is not only going to impact our rivers, but it’s also going to be a widespread situation,” says Abby Watkins, director of Newaygo County Emergency Services.

A steady dosage of rain continues to fall over Northern Michigan.

Emergency managers like Abby Watkins in Newaygo County and Mark Watkins in Osceola County say it’s just getting started.

“The water is not coming all at once, but it is coming over a 48-hour period, so it is a longer duration of that but it is still that same saturation,” Abby says.

“We have obviously some aerial flood watches and warning products going on that causes some standing water issues,” Mark says.

The rain is already leaving its mark on rivers, like the Muskegon that runs through Newaygo County.

“Newaygo County is in a warning all the way through Saturday,” Abby says. “As of 3:30 [Monday] afternoon, we received a confirmed report from a local spotter in the white cloud area that we received over three-and-a-half inches of rain.”

Similar issues are possible in Osceola County’s portion of the Muskegon River.

“We don’t, at this point, have any severe considerations along the river because our river is still fairly low,” Mark says. “Hopefully that will maintain. People will have a lot of water in their basements, surrounding their homes.”

Side roads are deteriorating.

While in many cities, there’s another problem.

“With the leaves going down city drains and stuff like that, they could potentially block them, especially being in fall,” Mark says.

Even when the rain stops, there could still be issues with river levels.

Other concerns rest on the road.

Both managers say to avoid driving through water that covers the path ahead.

“There is definitely potential that there still could be problems,” Abby says. “This is early into the situation. We are actively monitoring it and continue to ramp up and respond to it accordingly.”