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Muskegon County declares state of emergency after severe flooding

Posted at 2:32 PM, May 18, 2020

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Severe flooding in Muskegon County has resulted in the county emergency manager declaring a local state of emergency.

Larry Larsen lives in one of the worst hit areas. Homes on Edgewater are completely surrounded by water.

His house is up above the water on one of the dunes in the Bluffton neighborhood.

“I feel really bad about the people that live on the street, they’re completely surrounded,” Larry Larsen said.

Larry has lived in his house since the 80s, but only last year did he find it necessary to buy a truck simply to get to his home.

“That or swim, I guess,” Larry said.

Nearby, the Muskegon Yacht Club is raising docks to combat the rising waters.

“This is higher than I’ve ever seen it…some historians might know better, but this is higher than it was in '86,” Tim Wallace with the Muskegon Yacht Club said.

It's problematic all over the county. Pumps are going near Mona Lake to keep the surrounding homes dry. Homes on Mill Iron Road are swallowed up by water.

“Don’t pray for rain,” Larry said.