Heavy ran has caused flooding throughout Jackson County, closing at least one road and affecting travel. The Jackson County Department of Transportation has been monitoring and responding to storm damage on county roads throughout the weekend. JCDOT reports the following roads have flooding as of early this morning:
Hankerd Road – Henrietta Township
Styles Road – Henrietta Township
East Territorial Road – Henrietta Township
Smith Road East of Walz Road – Leoni Township – CLOSED
N. Dearing – Parma Township
Callahan Road at Michigan Avenue – Parma Township
Lippert Road east of Eckert Road – Pulaski Township
Cook Street & Rail Road – Rives Township
Berry Road and Easton Road – Rives Township
Peacock Road – Rives Township
Dearing Road between Cuff Road and Maci Blvd – Sandstone Township
Reynolds Road – Spring Arbor Township
Smith Road in Leoni Township is currently closed and will remain closed until water levels recede and the road is deemed safe for traffic. A detour route will not be posted and motorists should seek alternate routes.
Motorists are reminded to never drive through standing water, as the integrity of the underlying road cannot be determined. Additionally, residents should always stay clear of downed trees or utilities.
Flooding, downed trees and utilities should be reported by calling 911.
A Flood Warning remains in effect for Jackson County at Grand River until further notice.
Multiple inches of rain have fallen across much of Southern Lower Michigan in the last two days. Storm reports throughout Jackson County indicate two to four inches of rain fell since Friday afternoon. This water will now be finding its way into the rivers over the next few days and will lead to significant increases in water levels. Minor flooding is now expected on the Grand River as well as some of the more flood-prone areas.
At 4:30 PM Saturday the Grand River stage was 13.4 feet. Flood stage is 14.0 feet. Moderate flooding is forecast and the river will continue to rise to near 15.4 feet by early Monday morning.
It is possible a new record crest could be reached by the middle of next week.
At 15.0 feet, expect moderate flooding of buildings along High Street, Lewis Street, and Losey Street. High water would disrupt traffic and damage residences.
This crest compares to the all-time record crest of 15.4 feet on June 25, 1968.
Nearly 60 JCDOT crew members worked through the night to treating slippery roads. Plow operators scraped off “icy slush” with approximately an inch of snow accumulation while simultaneously treating road surfaces with salt material.
Motorists are being asked to drive with extreme caution, and should always avoid driving through standing water.