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Ionia County Wants Mother Nature To Knock It Off

The National Weather Service is predicting the grand river will crest this Saturday at around 27 and a half feet.

That's about 4 feet higher than 2004 levels, when the area saw major flooding.

Our Nick Perreault went out to Ionia county were people tell him, they're feeling the effects of mother nature.

As the old saying goes, when it rains, it pours and if you ask anyone in Ionia county recently they'd probably agree.

"Well I like rain because of the grass and stuff, but I think we are just overdoing it just a little," said Ionia Resident Annie Martin.

To get a clear understanding it takes just one quick glance at the county fairgrounds.

"It's been a while since it's filled up this high, it filled up quick," said Ionia Resident Aaron Miller.

Crews say the heavy down pour resulted in a giant wash out along Lincoln avenue.

"More than likely what happened is the tube couldn't handle all the water, yeah it just couldn't take all the pressure behind it," said Ionia County Road Worker Dan Thomas.

The road commission says it's not the only road they've had to repair because of water damage, but by far its the largest this season.

"It's really scary you could be driving and all of a sudden the road could be gone," said Annie Martin.

But mother nature didn't stop at the fairgrounds or roads, she also wreaked havoc on people's back yards.

"I woke up, I come across I open my blinds and I see my neighbors yard was pretty much flooded," said Ronnie Lopez.

And after seeing Ronnie Lopez saw the state of his neighbors yard, he decided to put a mark out in his backyard to measure how fast the water was climbing.

"My son had his school and we went out there an hour later and it had already risen a foot past it already," Lopez said.

And Lopez says he may have to take his family somewhere else, if it gets any worse.

In just a few days heavy rains flooded backyards, shut down roads and caused leaky roofs, which has many saying, so Mother Nature enough is enough.

"It's just too much at once," Beverly Higgins said.

"Definitely ready for this weather to go, ready to go camping," Aaron Miller said.

An emergency shelter is being set up at the Ionia armory on Main street for anyone who maybe displaced because of the flooding.

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