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'A great weekend' ahead

Becky Vargo • Apr 7, 2017 at 8:00 AM

ROBINSON TWP. — Marlene Klumpp says it’s worth living through one bad month a year to experience 11 months of “near paradise.”

As of Thursday afternoon, Marlene and Terry Klumpp had their vehicles ready to move to higher ground, but once the rain had stopped, Marlene said she didn’t think they would need to do that. 

Their home on VanLopik Street in Robinson Township and the one east of it sit in what is probably the lowest part of the street, Marlene said. The house next door was almost surrounded by water Thursday, even though the Grand River has yet to top the flood stage of 13.3 feet.

The National Weather Service reported the river level Thursday morning in Robinson Township — which is measured at the end of 118th Avenue — was at 12.1 feet. However, meteorologists estimate the river will continue to rise in the area through at least Monday, peaking to a high of about 1 foot above its flood stage. Because of that, a flood warning continues for that area.

Different weather conditions, such as Thursday’s strong wind evaporating the water, will affect the river’s rise and fall, Marlene said.

She also pointed out that the north wind was pushing water toward her home. That will eventually die down and make a difference, too, she said.

NWS meteorologist Walt Felver said the worst is over and “it’s going to be a great weekend.” Temperatures will rise throughout the weekend and it will stay dry, although a little breezy on Saturday, he said.

Temperatures along the Lakeshore are expected to be in the mid to upper 40s today, mid to upper 50s Saturday, and in the lower 60s on Sunday.

Felver said because Lake Michigan is cold, the wind coming off it keeps the Lakeshore areas colder. It will be warmer inland, maybe by several degrees between the beach and the east side of Grand Haven.

The meteorologist said the Grand Haven area received about an inch of rain this week, but escaped the snow experienced inland. Recent snow and rain is contributing to some flooding situations, but it will be a slow rise and slow fall, he said.

“It takes a while,” Felver said. “We don’t get flash flooding.”

The meteorologist said that it helps that there is no ice to jam the Grand River, the ground is not frozen and that there are dry days ahead.

The long-term forecast is for a continued warming trend, although Easter weekend might not be quite as nice as this weekend.

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