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Friday, 28 February 2014 09:36

Officials warn of potential for Michigan flooding

(PORT HURON) -- Officials in Port Huron, the Grand Rapids area and other parts of the state are warning about the potential for flooding in the coming months in part because of ice and melting snow. Port Huron City Manager Bruce Brown told about 40 homeowners Thursday that the Black River likely will flood. In past years, flooding damaged homes and businesses near the river's banks. Port Huron Public Safety Director Michael Reaves says the city is trying to be proactive, including hiring a tugboat to break ice. In western Michigan, forecasters said this week it could take just one major rainfall this spring to push the Grand River and other area rivers over their banks. The area was hit by major flooding last year.