FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 24, 2021
Contact: Ryan Bridges, firstname.lastname@example.org, 269-762-2922
Kalamazoo residents cautioned of potential for localized flooding following forecasts of heavy rains between June 24 and June 27
Kalamazoo, Mich. – The City of Kalamazoo urges residents to be cautious as heavy rains and rounds of thunderstorms are expected to begin Thursday, June 24, and last throughout the weekend. Residents who live near the Kalamazoo River, Portage Creek, or Axtel Creek are encouraged to closely monitor conditions and take steps to prepare should flooding occur.
On June 24, the National Weather Service issued a weather bulletin due to increased threats for heavy rain and possible flooding in Kalamazoo and across West Michigan.
Flooding on some of our waterways is possible as early as this weekend. the best estimates are that 2-4 inches of rain will fall across a wide area in lower Michigan. These rounds of rain are expected to include thunderstorms with the possibility of rain totals of 5 inches or more locally. This will send plenty of water into the waterways and may potentially cause issues with ponded water at low spots, on roads, and in other poor drainage areas.
Rainfall may also cause localized flooding on some city streets. Drivers are encouraged to exercise extra caution this weekend, especially at night, as ponded water on roads is very difficult to see in the dark.
Additionally, drivers should never move barricades or drive through water and instead seek an alternate route.
Road closures and detours may be necessary in sections of Dutton Street, Jasper Street, Vine Street, 3rd Street, 4th Street, Park Street, Rose Street, and Crosstown Parkway near the Crosstown Ponds. The East Michigan Avenue viaduct is expected to remain open, however motorists should stay alert to potential changes or additional street closures.
The City of Kalamazoo, in coordination with its partners at the National Weather Service, will continue monitoring weather and river conditions and provide additional information as it becomes available.