Heavy Rains in Michigan Cause Problems

Over five inches of rain fell in the western portion of Michigan on Monday morning, causing flooded basements streets and stranding vehicles across metropolitan Grand Rapids. In Wyoming, over 5.5 inches of rain came down between 5 and 8 am. which caused both streets and basements to back up with floodwater.

Many area roadways in western Michigan were impassible due to standing water and in Grandville, many local streets were flooded, leaving many cars stranded in floodwaters. The National Weather Service had a severe thunderstorm warning in effect early Monday morning for several west Michigan counties. The storms that moved into the area dumped a lot of rain and caused thousands of Consumers Energy customers to lose power. There also were numerous school delays and closings Monday morning due to the flooding.

A warm front pressing across the area is what caused the thunderstorms and heavy rains in western Michigan Monday morning. The western Michigan communities that were hit hard by localized flooding included Wyoming, Grandville, Jenison and Hudsonville. There were many streets in the Wyoming, Grandville area that were shut down Monday due to flooding. By noontime, the water was receding which was great news after residents there received over 5.5 inches of rain.

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