Water Resources of the United States

PROJECT ALERT NOTICE (MI) Flooding in Lower Michigan

Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:49:46 EDT

Summary: Minor to major flooding is still occurring at several locations in the central Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

Minor to major flooding is continuing in the central part of the Lower Peninsula April 18. NWS still lists two gages with minor flooding, one gage with moderate flooding (Muskegon River at Croton), and one gage (Muskegon River at Evart) with major flooding. At three of the sites, NWS currently projects that they will recede into the next lower category. The exception is the Muskegon River at Evart, which should recede in to the moderate flooding category Saturday.

No injuries or deaths have been associated with the flooding. Over 200 homes in a couple of areas were evacuated. Most flooded areas are sparsely populated.

At least four streamgages have peaks above period of record in the following watersheds; Muskegon, Manistee, Boardman, and Tobacco.
Preliminary peak flows using Bulletin 17b guidelines are as follows:

04121500 Muskegon river at Evart (peak Q: 10,500; 0.005 AEP)
04124000 Manistee River near Sherman (peak Q: 3,480; 0.02 AEP)
04126970 Boardman River above Brown Bridge near Mayfield (peak Q: 621; 0.02-0.01 AEP)
04152238 S. Branch Tobacco River near Beaverton (peak Q: 3,100; 0.01-0.005 AEP)

No streamgages were damaged during this event.

No USGS hydrologic technicians are deployed today and none are expected to work over the weekend.

MI WSC is now looking toward the Upper Peninsula, which has received heavy snows all winter, including yesterday, and is expected to warm quickly in the next few days. Some parts of the Upper Peninsula had received well over 300 inches this season before yesterday's storms!

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