Flood water slows

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:10 PM

It should remain in a “steady state” for the next couple of days, said meteorologist Janis Laurens of the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids.

Although water levels upstream are lowering, the little bit of snowmelt on Wednesday and the continued ice jam downriver is keeping the river well above its 13.3-foot flood stage at Robinson Township.

The 6-12 inches of wet snow we're forecasted to get later today and early Friday may make the situation worse. Laurens said the heavy snow will probably keep the river from dropping for another day or two.

“That definitely doesn’t help the cause,” he said.

Still, officials expect the water level in Robinson Township to go below its flood stage sometime Sunday morning.

The reading at the VanLopik Street and 118th Avenue river gauge on Wednesday afternoon showed it was holding at about 14.6 feet. The forecast at that time was for the river to crest at 14.62 feet at about 7 p.m. Wednesday.

VanLopik Street resident John Casemier said the river was still rising, although very slowly.

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