Grand River Near Record Flood in Western Michigan

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- The rising Grand River has flooded homes in several western Michigan communities and is pushing toward a record high near Grand Rapids.

The National Weather Service says the river was 5.8 feet above flood stage at 1 p.m. Sunday at Comstock Park in Kent County's Plainfield Township, north of Grand Rapids.

The river at Comstock Park was 0.1 feet below its all-time high, and it forecasts the level will crest above that record Sunday or Monday. Farther downstream, the Grand River was 3.8 feet over flood stage in Grand Rapids and 3.3 feet over at Ottawa County's Robinson Township.

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell has declared a state of emergency as the river drove residents from some low-lying areas.

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