A multi-agency response is underway to help Newaygo County residents who evacuate because of Muskegon River flooding.
Abby Watkins with Newaygo County Emergency Services told WOOD Radio it isn't a simple question to answer when those forced out ask, "When can we go back?" She said they'll "make sure that the river goes back below flood stage. We'll also send damage assessment teams in coordination with the Public Health Department and Building Inspector's Office to make sure the homes are safe."
The Salvation Army and American Red Cross are both using Resonate Church on 68th Street for a warming center and overnight shelter. This afternoon, Consumers Energy and Sheriff's Department representatives briefed the media at the County Board of Commissioner's room in White Cloud.
The following roads are currently closed due to flooding:
· TroyTownship: Dickinson between 17 Mile and 16 Mile
· LilleyTownship: 14 Mile East of railroad
· BeaverTownship: Warner between 12 Mile and Hayes
· BeaverTownship: Warner between 11 Mile and 10 Mile
· DaytonTownship: Ramshorn and 32nd
· ShermanTownship: 32nd and Ferris
· ShermanTownship: 40th East of Ferris
· SheridanTownship: 92nd and Lupin
· GarfieldTownship: Wisteria Drive East of Luce
· BridgetonTownship: Main Street off from Turner – S. of 128th
· BridgetonTownship: S. River Drive and MapleIsland
· BridgetonTownship: Fitzgerald and 124th
· AshlandTownship: Sugar Bush and Maple Drive off Croswell
Watkins said they're trying to be proactive given the most recent reports from the river. "We're expected to reach (a level of) 13 feet or higher." The most recent 12.2 foot report is more than a foot above last year's crest, meaning a major flooding event.