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Flood Watch

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
302 PM EST Sun Feb 18 2018

Ingham-Van Buren-Kalamazoo-Calhoun-Jackson-
Including the cities of Ludington, Baldwin, Reed City, Clare,
Hart, Fremont, Big Rapids, Mount Pleasant, Muskegon, Greenville,
Alma, Grand Haven, Jenison, Grand Rapids, Ionia, St. Johns,
Holland, Hastings, Charlotte, Lansing, South Haven, Kalamazoo,
Battle Creek, and Jackson
302 PM EST Sun Feb 18 2018


The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has issued a

* Flood Watch for portions of central Michigan, south central
  Michigan, southwest Michigan, and west central Michigan,
  including the following areas, in central Michigan, Clare,
  Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, Montcalm, and Osceola. In south
  central Michigan, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, and
  Jackson. In southwest Michigan, Allegan, Barry, Kalamazoo,
  Kent, Ottawa, and Van Buren. In west central Michigan, Lake,
  Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana.

* From Monday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon

* 1 to 3 inches of rain is expected from Monday through Wednesday
  morning. Locally higher amounts are likely.

* The rainfall, combined with a melting snowpack and a frozen
  ground could cause flooding across the area.

* Mainstem rivers and streams are already high, and will be rising
  more and could begin to flood areas around them. Ice jams
  resulting from the breakup of ice currently on the rivers will
  also be possible.


A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Weather Preparedness Information is available on line at



Hydrologic Outlook

Hydrologic Outlook

Hydrologic Outlook
National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
404 AM EST Sun Feb 18 2018

...Increased Potential for Flooding This Week...

Several Rounds of heavy rain are forecasted Monday afternoon
into Tuesday night for much of Southwest Lower Michigan. The
potential exists for storm total rainfall amounts to exceed
3 inches where the heaviest rain persists. This combined with
snow melt and frozen ground will generate considerable runoff
into the area streams...creeks and rivers.  In addition there
was still a lot of ice in some of the rivers...which adds to
the flood potential risk this week.

There is some uncertainty as to the exact location of the heaviest
rain and how much will ultimately fall...which will determine how
much impacts occur.

If you live in areas prone to flooding or ice jams...monitor the
situation closely as an increased risk for flooding exists this week.
Urban and poor drainage flooding may be an issue as well.


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