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April 14, 2014

High water, low temps


“We have concerns. The water is rising significantly. However, we don’t have any homes flooded so far,” he said.

Minor flooding cropped up on roads across Grand Traverse County today, but no injuries or significant damage was reported, Grand Traverse County Emergency Management Coordinator Gregg Bird said.

“We have been experiencing minor flooding due to backed up drains and storm drains that are clogged still that haven’t been cleaned out from the winter and fall,” he said.

Bird said Grand Traverse County residents who live in flood-prone areas should be in an active state of awareness. He added that Grand Traverse County residents can sign up through the county’s website for emergency alerts, such as flood warnings, through a new emergency management notification system called CodeRED.

The forecast predicts snow showers will continue rather than rain Tuesday, with accumulation of less than an inch.

Temperatures will hover around 28 degrees Tuesday, but could break records with a predicted low of 17 degrees. The lowest temperature on record for Tuesday in Traverse City is 18 degrees, which was recorded in 1950, according to the National Weather Service.

That’s 12 degrees warmer than Wednesday’s record low of 6 degrees, recorded in 1904.

“This shows you exactly what can happen in the spring,” Berger said.

The chance of rain and snow showers continues into Wednesday with a high near 42. Temperatures could hit 50 degrees by the end of the week.

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