Flood warning issued in Newaygo County

Posted at 8:09 PM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 20:12:14-04

NEWAYGO COUNTY, Mich. -- A flood warning has been issued for a section of the Muskegon River, and is expected to rise higher by the weekend.

The river between Croton and Newaygo is at flood stage as of Thursday afternoon, with the water level at 9 feet.

Some portions of Newaygo County received 1.5-2" of rain since last night. As runoff from that heavy rainfall continues to empty into the Muskegon River over the next couple of days, the river will continue to slowly rise.

The official forecast is for the river to crest at around 9.3 feet by Saturday morning.

"We'll see some water surrounding cottages downstream of Newaygo if the river gets to that level," said Mark Sekelsky, lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids.

Even if the river goes higher than the forecasted 9.3 feet, Sekelsky says it's unlikely major flooding will happen in the area.

Further south, the Rogue River near Rockford and the Grand River near Comstock Park could also go over their banks over the next few days. Sekelsky says flooding could impact recreational trails near the river, but likely won't impact any roadways.