With heavy rainfall following the recent thaw of most of the winters
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
Collect only essential items to take with you, including
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
www.facebook.com/newaygocountyemergencyservices. Text alerts are also available on Twitter
by texting Follow NewaygoES to 40404.
Troutfest celebrates the spring season opener
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.
Thursday night, the downtown area will feature three venues for entertainment. Comedy will
come to the Sportsmans 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.
Friday night, Rev. Mary Frens of St Marks 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
Stream will be the locale for final results of the Kids Fish Art Exhibit following
6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, St. Bartholomews Catholic Church will host a post-Lenten fish
fry with proceeds going to benefit the work being done by the Veras House Wellness
and Community Center.
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 Parsleys at 652-6986.
Saturday night, competitors at the Sportsmans will literally take the bait in the
Minnow Eating Contest at 8 p.m., followed by the drawing for one of the areas
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.
has been a long winter and Troutfest is a great way to celebrate its long awaited demise.