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Rivers will crest next few days

Dry weather is expected for West Michigan the next several days and that will allow most rivers to crest by Sunday or Monday.

Forecast crests for selected locations on the Grand River.

Ionia-24.7 feet tonight

Lowell-19.5 feet Sunday morning

Ada-23.0 feet Sunday morning

Comstock Park-18.0 feet Sunday night

Grand Rapids-22.7 feet early Monday morning

Robinson Township-18.0 feet Tuesday morning

You can find the latest river forecasts here

 

 

River flooding could soon get much worse

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Come Thursday, the Muskegon River and Grand River basins could see some of their highest water levels in decades, according to the National Weather Service.

WZZM 13 visited flooded areas across Kent County and found the Grand River at two to three feet above flood stage. Hydrologist Mark Walton says that's moderate flooding.

In two days the area could hit major flood stage.

Liz Koenig has yet to check her Grand Rapids home for flood damage on Tuesday afternoon. The Grand River rose and closed in too fast for her to get her waders. She lives across the river from the Fifth Third Ballpark.

"This is the worst out of the four years I've been here," she said.

Koenig attempted to get her kayak, which was stored under her house, but was unable because the water was already three feet above her foundation.

Lakeshore attractions looking for summer help

(WZZM) - The Pure Michigan campaign is having its biggest impact to date.

According to information released during the Governor's Conference on Tourism this week, 3.8 million out-of-state visitors vacationed in Michigan and those visitors spent $1.1 billion dollars.

Meanwhile, two of the largest tourist draws on the Lakeshore are already preparing to hire summer staff.

The Double JJ Ranch will hold a summer job fair on Saturday, April 20 from 8 am to noon.  Applications are available on the company website.

Boston Marathon: At least 97 from West Mich.

BOSTON, Mass. (WZZM) - According to the Boston Marathon's website, at least 97 runners from West Michigan registered for Monday's race; however at least 19 local entrants were not listed on the race results page.

Organizers stopped the race shortly after two explosions erupted around 2:45 p.m. near the finish line. Not every entrant had finished the race at that time.

This year, 26 people from Grand Rapids registered for the Boston Marathon, but two men, 29-year-old Chad Yerrick and 65-year-old John Campbell, were not listed on the race results page.

From Holland, 14 people entered the Boston Marathon, but six were not listed on the race results page. Their names include 35-year-old Virginia Beard, 49-year-old Rick Ganzi, 60-year-old Lin Light, 56-year-old Carol Neckel, 61-year-old Dave Willard and 46-year-old Nancy Wooley.

Free program helps home and business owners deal with mercury

(ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY COMPANY)– The Environmental Quality Company is proud to partner with The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Mercury Collection Project.

This is an on-going effort to collect and properly recycle mercury.  Small and large business operations have traditionally been overlooked during mercury collection events.  The project’s objective is to address this issue and promote a long-term solution for easily collecting and recycling of mercury.  The program is free to anyone located in Michigan – residents included. 

The program is easy.

Free program helps home and business owners deal with mercury

(ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY COMPANY)– The Environmental Quality Company is proud to partner with The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Mercury Collection Project.

This is an on-going effort to collect and properly recycle mercury.  Small and large business operations have traditionally been overlooked during mercury collection events.  The project’s objective is to address this issue and promote a long-term solution for easily collecting and recycling of mercury.  The program is free to anyone located in Michigan – residents included. 

The program is easy.

Recent rains boost water level in Lake Michigan

Muskegon, Mich. (WZZM) - The cold and constant rain over the past week is making many people feel depressed and miserable

But there is a silver lining to this wet weather.

The water levels in Lake Michigan are up significantly.

According to measurements by the Army Corps of Engineers, the lake has risen 2 inches since April 1.

"That is a lot of water," says Dr. Alan Steinman, Director of the Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon. "In terms of the sheer gallons, we are talking about a lot of water."