Michigan Gov. Snyder: State preparing for possible flooding

By Hank Winchester, Local 4 Reporter, @HankLocal4
The Associated Press
Published On: Feb 19 2014 05:32:48 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 20 2014 12:09:47 AM EST

It's wet, sloppy and on Thursday, it could become a potential problem. The winter warmup feels fine, but the concern ...

LANSING, Mich. -

It's wet, sloppy and on Thursday, it could become a potential problem.

The winter warmup feels fine, but the concern is where will all the water go?

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said state officials are monitoring rivers and crews are cleaning storm drains along highways in the state's Lower Peninsula to prepare for heavy storms.

Many storm drains are still covered with a thick layer of snow and some roadways could be soaked.

Snyder told reporters Wednesday that the state and its residents must take precautions as temperatures rise along with the potential for flooding from rainfall and melting snow. The National Weather Service says rain forecast Thursday could top an inch in some places in southern Michigan.

Forecast: Wild Thursday ahead for SE Michigan

The Republican governor urges residents to avoid driving on roads that appear flooded and make sure gutters and downspouts on homes and businesses are cleared.

In the city, crews are also out clearing storm drains and hope residents will too.

Thursday's additional rain could also create more problems down the road. Once spring hits and the big melt happens, a lot of the snow will be filled with all the additional water.

Snyder said Upper Peninsula residents must prepare for blizzard conditions. He describes it as "a tough year" in terms of dangerous cold and heavy snowfalls, and says there's still "more to come."


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