Portland families evacuated as ice jam causes Grand River flooding

Posted at 4:17 AM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 04:17:40-05

PORTLAND, Mich. -- About 50 residents in Portland have been evacuated from their homes as the Grand River is flooding over its banks.

The Portland City Manager Tutt Gorman says flooding started just after midnight Wednesday morning.

Emergency officials have been working to evacuate affected areas and supply temporary shelters for the approximately 50 people who were displaced.

Some businesses also had flooding in basements that had never seen flooding in the past.

County officials warn flood waters can rise very quickly and residents who live along the river are being encouraged to evacuate their homes.