One wet weekend
Heavy rainfall leads to Clinton River flooding
|Almont teens cavort in the park grounds Monday after heavy weekend rains caused the Clinton River to overflow. Between four to five inches fell over two days in the Tri-City area, leaving some residents to deal with leaky roofs and basements. photo by Tom Wearing.|
September 17, 2008TRI-CITY AREA — The National Weather Service in White Lake reported heavy rainfall throughout the area over the weekend, resulting in flood alerts, leaky roofs and basements and the cresting of tributaries of the Clinton River.
Official NWS totals indicated that 4-5 inches of rain fell in the area during the 48-hour period, beginning late Friday afternoon through late Sunday afternoon.
The highest levels of precipitation reported locally were in Attica, 4.64 inches; and in Armada, which reported 5.60 inches. In comparison, Lapeer had a rain total of 4.15 inches and 4.08 inches fell in Lum.
In Almont, the Clinton River overflowed its banks Saturday, spilling out onto the grounds of Almont Community Park. By Monday evening, however, the waters had begun to recede.
While the bulk of the rainfall could be attributed to the residual affect of Hurricane Ike, NWS meteorologists said a cold front and moisture left over from tropical storm Lowell in the Pacific contributed to the wet conditions.
The steady rains dampened several scheduled outdoor activities, including the annual Heritage Harvest Days festivities at Dryden's Seven Ponds Nature Center on Saturday and Sunday, where attendance was down significantly.
Many local home and business owners reported rain-related problems over the weekend.
Chris Rocheleau, vice president at SERVE PRO of Romeo, said operators fielded more than 50 calls, many of them from Tri-City area residents.
"When it rains hard like this, we get a lot of foundation leaks, water coming in through windows and sump pump overflows," said Rocheleau. "We had 32 calls waiting for us on Monday morning. We respond to them in the order they are received."
Rocheleau said extra crews were needed to accommodate the high number of calls. She said that once on the scene, cleanup personnel extract all standing water, lift and remove carpet and padding, spray an anti-microbial agent and initiate the drying process in the involved area. A typical job takes about 3-4 hours for a 2-3 man crew, she said.
While the company's water cleanup crews were busy over the past weekend, Rocheleau recalled a much worse rain event.
"In May of 2004, we took 130 calls during that week," said Rocheleau. "We were able to get to 80 of them."
Fortunately for Tri-City area residents, the National Weather Service is reporting dry conditions and no rainfall over the next four- to five-day period.