Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 30, 2013

U.P. sees flooding amid melting snow


— HOUGHTON (AP) — Snow melt is causing flooding in the Upper Peninsula as waters recede in lower Michigan.

Heavy rains and melting snow earlier brought flooding to parts of the Lower Peninsula, including the Grand Rapids and Saginaw areas.

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for the Sturgeon River in Houghton and Baraga counties. It says the river was slightly over flood stage Monday afternoon in the Chassell and Alston areas, affecting some roads. There’s also a flood warning for the Paint River in Iron County.

In western lower Michigan, a flood warning remains for the Grand River in Kent and Ottawa counties. The river’s down sharply but remained a few inches over flood stage Monday upstream from Grand Rapids.

At least 1,700 homes were evacuated in the Grand Rapids area.