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Roads closed due to flowing water


June 17, 2009
TRI-CITY AREA — Heavy rains pounded the Tri-City area on Wednesday, June 17. Flooding caused several roads to close as ditches and creeks overflowed.

Water flowed over M-53, M-21, Capac Rd, including downtown Capac, Newark Road and many others throughout the day.

In the Imlay City area, the Belle River was still escaping its banks on Thursday morning. The Imlay City Fire Department was called to pump water from the Belle River in front of the Tri-City Times' offices to location farther downstream due to blockages in the waterway.

According to the Lapeer County Road Commission as of Thursday Bohlman Road in Dryden Township, between Sutton and Hollow Corners remained closed because of a failed cross tube. It's slated to be replaced Friday morning.

In Attica Township, Newark Rd. was also impassable between Atwell and Birch roads. It's also slated to be fixed Friday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, a trained weather spotter reported the Attica area had received four inches of rain by 2 p.m. Another said five inches of rain had fallen by 3:15 p.m. in Imlay City.

When the rain finally stopped falling in the late afternoon, some Imlay City-area residents reported seeing seven inches in their rain gauges.

In Almont, where the wastewater treatment plant has been subject to recent overflows, problems were few, said Village Manager Gerald Oakes.

"Our guys worked very hard to keep things from overflowing and they were able to handle the situation," said Oakes.

He added that while Wednesday's rainfall was steady, less fell in Almont than in some of the neighboring communities.

"We only had about three-and-a-half inches," said Oakes. "I think Imlay City got hit a lot harder. The river is very high and the ditches are full of water here, but we've had no problems." Staff writer Tom Wearing contributed to this report.

For more stories on how the heavy rain impacted municipal services, pick up the Wednesday, June 24 print edition of the Tri-City Times.

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