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Muskegon River
Flood warning,
evacuation issued

  With heavy rainfall following the recent thaw of most of the winter’s heavy snow and ice, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Muskegon River below the Croton Dam and local emergency officials directed residents living along the river to evacuate.

Newaygo County Emergency Services   Director Abby Watkins issued the evacuation announcement on Monday morning as the TimesIndicator was going to press.

As of 9:45 a.m. on Monday, April 14, the Muskegon River was at 11.75 feet at Croton with flows at 12,400 cubic feet per second. Flood stage is at 9 feet. Watkins’ statement said that river levels are expected to exceed 13 feet.

“Reliability of the forecast is based on current and forecasted river, weather and reservoir conditions,” the statemeent said. “Additional rainfall is forecasted for later in the week. This will keep the threat of flooding through next week.”

Newaygo County Emergency Services is coordinating with Consumers Energy and the National Weather Service Grand Rapids Office to actively monitor the changing conditions and communicate information to residences impacted by the rising floodwaters. Newaygo County is working with local townships and the state Department of Natural Resources to shut down river access sites and issue media releases to encourage people to stay off the river.

“Please evacuate now,” the statement urged.

In preparing to evacuate, the statement urged, residents should take these steps:

• Collect only essential items to take with you, including prescription medications.

• Close and lock all doors and windows.

• Unplug electrical equipment such as radios, televisions, and small appliances including microwaves. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding.

• Take all family members and pets with you.

• If you have transportation, offer assistance to your neighbors if they have no transportation.

• Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked.

• Be alert for washed-out roads and bridges. Do not drive into water covering the road or flooded areas and Stay away from downed power lines.  

• Continue monitoring your radio for additional information.

• Call 911 to report a life-threatening condition.

 Watkins said that updates are available online at Facebook, at Text alerts are also available on Twitter by texting “Follow NewaygoES” to 40404.






Troutfest celebrates the spring season opener

By KenDeLaat

Nothing sings spring like the opener of trout season, and Newaygo is looking to start the long awaited fishing season in fine fashion with the ninth annual Troutfest, scheduled for Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26.

On Thursday night, the downtown area will feature three venues for entertainment. Comedy will come to the Sportsman’s Bar featuring the stand-up of Mark Poolos and Ben Wilke. Open mike night at the Riverstop Café will feature Sandra Bernard welcoming local talent while crooning a tune or two on her own. The Riverstop Saloon will host Trivia Night for devotees of insignificant items of information stored specifically for such occasions.

On Friday night, Rev. Mary Frens of St Mark’s Episcopal Church will officiate in the annual Blessing of the Poles for anglers looking for an additional edge. The event will be at Brooks Park in downtown Newaygo at 6:30 p.m., followed by the always highly competitive bobber race.

The Stream will be the locale for final results of the Kid’s Fish Art Exhibit following the blessing.

From 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church will host a post-Lenten fish fry with proceeds going to benefit the work being done by the Vera’s House Wellness and Community Center.

Parsley’s Sport Shop will hold its annual fishing contest on Saturday, April 26, with prizes for steelhead, rainbow, brown and brook trout. Weigh-in is scheduled for 7 p.m. For more information, call Parsley’s at 652-6986.

On Saturday night, competitors at the Sportsman’s will literally take the bait in the Minnow Eating Contest at 8 p.m., followed by the drawing for one of the area’s premier raffles with a host of  premier prizes and proceeds benefitting the Love INC Food Bank and Newaygo County Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

It has been a long winter and Troutfest is a great way to celebrate its long awaited demise.









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