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  • Grand River to crest Sunday in many locations

    WEST MICHIGAN — Heavy rain from earlier in the week is finally filling the major rivers in the area to their peaks, with many portions of the Grand River expected to crest sometime on Sunday. Minor to moderate flooding is already occurring along many local rivers, and this will worsen slightly in places like Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, and Robinson Township. The Grand River at downtown Grand Rapids will crest sometime late Sunday morning, and stay above flood stage until […]

  • Flooding a major headache for Kent City man

    KENT CITY, Mich. — Andrew Wojtas lives just a few miles northeast of Kent City, near the Newaygo County line. On Sunday, he had around a foot of snow in his yard, but all of that snow melted with the recent rain and mild temperatures. He’s had four inches of rain since Monday morning, and much of that rain and melted snow is now sitting in his back yard. Thanks to two sump pumps and a let-up in the weather, […]

  • Minor flooding reported in Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties

    MATTAWAN, Mich. — Mattawan Creek is over its banks along Main Street in the village of Mattawan, thanks in part to heavy rain and snow melt over the past couple of days. One resident we spoke to, however, says an altered landscape and  inadequate drainage system is making the problem worse. “This used to be farmland, and all of the stores and restaurants and everything — none of this was here before,” said Lynn Coy, a long-time resident of Mattawan. […]

  • Flood Watch issued for much of the area

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The National Weather Service (NWS) in Grand Rapids has issued a Flood Watch for most of the FOX 17 viewing area, beginning at noon Monday and lasting until 5PM Wednesday. The NWS office in northern Indiana has yet to issue such a watch for our Indiana state line counties, but heavy rainfall is also possible in these areas. The first period of heavy rain is expected to come in on Monday afternoon: Future Track HD shows […]

  • Proposed budget cuts would hurt Great Lakes

    WEST MICHIGAN — Proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could lead to less funding for protection of the Great Lakes. The Trump Administration is proposing a $3 billion budget reduction to the EPA. A part of this budget reduction would include a vast reduction in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million a year to just $30 million a year. The proposed cuts would take place in 2019. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds projects […]

  • Fennville teen makes it to Space X launch

    FENNVILLE, Mich. — Ryan Bale of Fennville was at the Space X launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket at the Kennedy Space Center last week. Bale is a senior at Fennville High School, who made the trip to Cape Canaveral with his mother. He says he first developed a passion for rockets and space four years ago during the launch of Atlas V. “I saw a rocket launch in person for the first time in 2014 I think,” said Bale. […]

  • Local ski resort thriving on recent snow

    OTSEGO, Mich. — The weekend snowfall was a headache for many West Michigan drivers, but it was a blessing for local ski areas. One area ski resort reported their busiest day so far this season on Saturday. Bittersweet Resort near Otsego reported 2,755 skiers that day, not including season pass holders. This brings their grand total to over 50 thousand skiers so far this winter. General Manager Victor Gayheart says this already has them ahead of last year in terms […]

  • Quick-hitting snow ravages West Michigan on Sunday

    WEST MICHIGAN — After a chance to dig out from Friday’s heavy snow, we’ll be taking out the shovels, plows, and snow blowers again on Sunday. An area of low pressure over the deep South as of this writing will ride north/northeastward overnight and end up over southeastern Ohio by tomorrow morning. An upper level trough sweeping in from the northwest and toward Michigan will interact with this low, causing a quick burst of snow to develop over the area. […]

  • New light bulbs helping Mel Trotter with their mission

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A local homeless shelter is becoming more energy efficient, and it’s helping more than just their bottom line. Consumers Energy helped Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids change out more than two thousand incandescent and florescent light bulbs in the fall and winter of 2017. It’s all part of Consumers’ energy efficiency initiative. The old light bulbs were replaced by LED bulbs, which use 90 percent less energy. This translates to a cost savings of around […]