Floodwaters rise around Mid-Michigan as rainfall totals pile up

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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) (2/20/2018) - Minor flooding was becoming more widespread Tuesday as rainfall and melting snow on top of frozen ground turned puddles into ponds.

Several roadways around Mid-Michigan were closed due to ponding water.

By 4 p.m., Flint set a daily rainfall record with nearly 1.25 inches. Burt in Saginaw County had received 1.5 inches and Oakley received 1.4 inches.

The rainfall let up for most of Tuesday afternoon, but another band of heavy moisture was moving into the region that would add to the rain totals.

Parts of West Michigan west of Clinton, Gratiot, Isabella and Roscommon counties were under a flood warning through Wednesday afternoon.

The remainder of the ABC12 viewing area was under a flood watch through Wednesday afternoon. However, areas along the Flint River, Saginaw River, Kearsley Creek and other waterways were under a flood warning.

The National Weather Service is expecting area rivers to crest on Wednesday through Friday.

The Saginaw River will reach moderate flood stage at 20.4 feet before waters begin to recede on Friday. Swartz Creek, the Flint River, Kearsley Creek, Cass River and Tittabawassee River all were expected to reach minor flood stage.

Brayden in Tawas has a little fun on his flooded street.

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