Shiawassee River above flood stage, expected to crest Thursday night
OWOSSO (WJRT) -
(05/15/14) - With the constant rain over the last couple of days - comes concerns about flooding.
The National Weather Service says the Shiawassee River in Owosso is more than a foot above flood stage right now - and still rising.
Flood stage is 7 feet.
The National Weather Service predicts the river will crest, or hit its highest level, Thursday at around 8.5 feet.
"We do have some roadways that are flooded. We are cautioning those motorists out there that if they encounter a roadway with water over it, do not go through the water," said T.J. Clark, emergency management coordinator. "There are residents that are affected. We have some residential properties and buildings and homes that have reported they have water in their basements."
There is nothing, at this time, that would - as far as Shiawassee County Emergency Management knows - mean shelters would need to be set up because people can't stay in their homes.
"At this time, we haven't been told or given the information that there's any need to set up shelters for any residents affected to the point they can't occupy their property," Clark said.
"This was pretty quick this afternoon. I wasn't expecting this," said Nancy Bemus, of Corunna.
Bemus has lived at her home in Corunna since 1982. When it comes to flooding, she's been pretty lucky - but she's had to make adjustments.
Her son tied her backyard swing to a tree so it doesn't float away and he had to move the car he's trying to sell.
Emergency Management in Shiawassee County has a pretty active social media presence. If there are any flood stage updates or road closures, Clark says they will be posted on Facebook.