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Newaygo evacuates some homes due to flooding

Several cities in West Michigan are experiencing flooding after heavy rainfall and warm temperatures swept across the state this week.

Newaygo is one such city. Some residents were evacuated from their homes nearly 40 miles north of Grand Rapids.

Riverfront Park in Newaygo has water from the Muskegon River covering park benches and picnic tables.

Georgia Andres is the Chief of Police in Newaygo. She says the city is at "level C" flooding, which means that homes and businesses in the low lying areas have been evacuated.

“But as far as for the rest of us, we just closed the city parks, we closed any access to the river because of the high flow and the danger of it,” Andres said.

Level A flooding is the most severe, and Andres says that means the town needs to be evacuated completely due to flooding. Andres has never seen Level A during her 20 years in Newaygo.

A flood warning was issued to several counties in West Michigan, including where Newaygo is.

Most of the areas with flood warnings will be getting more rain over the weekend. It is unclear if additional flood warnings will be issued. 

Bryce Huffman was Michigan Radio’s West Michigan Reporter and host of Same Same Different. He is currently a reporter for Bridge Detroit.
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