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Winter Blast at the library Jan. 25

Winter Blast at the library Jan. 25

LOWELL, Mich.—The winter is inspiring fun at Kent District Library’s Englehardt-Lowell branch.

The library will hold its Winter Blast Saturday, Jan. 25.  Community members of all ages are invited to take part in the event, which will include crafts, snacks and more.  Winter Blast will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information, contact the library at (616) 784-2007.

Plainfield Township up for flood grant from FEMA

Plainfield Township up for flood grant from FEMA

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The federal government is ready to reimburse Plainfield Township for April’s costly flooding.

During its regular meeting November 4, the Plainfield Township Board is expected to approve a grant agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which will pay the township $2,359.50 for emergency service work and building inspections it made during the floods.

The April floods caused $10 million in damage in Kent County, damaging homes from Plainfield Township all the way to Lowell.  The flooding sparked new interested in a FEMA program Plainfield Township offers, which allows homeowners to sell their flood damaged properties to the township at 75 percent the market value. So far the township has purchased at least ten properties through the program, which began in 2008.

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Communities impacted by the floods in April have less than a week to file their request for federal disaster money. 

In June, President Obama declared a major disaster in 16 Michigan counties, including Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon and Newaygo. The Small Business Association also issued a disaster declaration this summer.  Both declarations freed up federal assistance for homeowners, local governments and certain non-profits who were forced to clean up.  Homeowners and businesses had until Monday, August 12 to apply for assistance; city officials have until August 17.

The flooding caused $10 million in damage in Kent County alone.  Federal funding would help pay for debris removal and repairs to public property, roads and bridges.

How to safely clean your home after the flood

How to safely clean your home after the flood

LOWELL, Mich. – As the flood waters recede, the cleanup begins.

On Saturday April 27, Lowell First United Methodist Church will host a training session on how to safely clean flooded homes.

The class starts at 9 a.m. and should last about 45 minutes.  The session is suggestion for all homeowners affected by flooding and all volunteers who will be working in water damaged homes.

Lowell First United Methodist Church is located at 621 E. Main Street.

Rivers will stay high this week in West Michigan

Rivers will stay high this week in West Michigan

Heavy rain last week over West Michigan has pushed most rivers in the area to Warning or Advisory levels. Additional rain is likely this week with heavy rain and thunderstorms possible. Computer models are indicating the possibility of another 1-3 inches of rain this week which may push rivers even higher.

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/ahps_warnings.php?wfo=grr

Flooding expected in low lying areas

Flooding expected in low lying areas

The calendar may say it is spring, but mother nature is delivering a different season.  Kent County residents woke up to snow showers this morning as temperatures hovered in the low to mid 30’s. 

Rain is in the forecast virtually every day in the next week, according to the 13 On Target Weather team.

Rivers and streams in West Michigan will remain high with localized flooding of low lying areas, according to meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids.

Here are the current river conditions in Kent County.  All readings are from Saturday, April 13:

The Thornapple River in Hastings is close to flood stage.  As of 12:15pm today, the river was at 6.71 feet.  Flood stage is 7 feet.

The Thornapple River in Caledonia was at 8.18 feet at 11:30am today.  Flood stage is 10 feet. 

Downstream in Cascade, the river spilled over its banks just below the Cascade Dam at Tassel Park.

Take The Kids To An Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday

Take The Kids To An Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday

Where: First Baptist Church of Lowell , 2275 W. Main, Lowell, MI 49331

When, Saturday, March 23, 11:00am

Due to the weather, the Resurrection Egg Hunt will take place indoors this year.