River to crest below flood stage this evening

Clay Curtis
January 14, 2020

River flows in the northern and central portions of the Grand River watershed continue to recede following the record rainfall event that impacted the Grand River watershed for much of the weekend.

The rain that covered the area on Friday and Saturday totaled 1.61 inches, according to the Grundy County EMA.

Though the river levels have already peaked and are receding in Caledonia and York, the river in Cayuga is still rising steadily as water moves downstream.

Flows in the Grand River near Dunville are also expected to peak on Tuesday.

"Flows in the Grand River through Cayuga are expected to peak in the 1270 cm/s [centimetres per second] range around midnight on Monday", the municipality said in a statement.

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Flows in the Grand River through Dunnville are expected to peak in the 1280 cm/s range early Tuesday morning. The river will fall below Minor Flood Stage on Monday.

Officials are warning of possible flooded roads and basements this week in some neighborhoods along the Grand River. The conservation that many trees and branches were swept into the river during the weekend storm, which is causing additional hazards in the waterways.

"These levels will equate to impassable roads, yards under water and potentially some water in basements", said Louis Hunt, the Kent County Emergency Management coordinator and a lieutenant with the Kent County Sheriff's Office, about the expected crest.

The organization is asking people to stay away from waterways while they're flowing high and fast.

This message will remain in effect until Wednesday Jan. 15, 2020.

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