UPDATE: Sewage overflow in Portland's Grand River

Portland Bridge on Grand River and Kent St.
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PORTLAND, Mi. (WILX) -- A public health advisory has been issued for Portland.

Officials are telling residents to avoid Grand River because of sewage overflow in the river.

The Ionia County Health Department says "no body contact" at the location just downstream of the City Wastewater Treatment Plant.


- Questions regarding the details of the overflow should be directed to F&V Operations at (616) 588-
- Questions regarding the Public Health Advisory should be directed to the Ionia County Health
- For more information on E. coli in surface water, visit www.mi.gov/deqecoli

- For more information on sewage overflows in Michigan, visit: https://miwaters.deq.state.mi.us/miwaters/external/overflow/list

- If your home has been flooded, visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/after.html

Flooding caused by an ice jam along the Grand River prompted officials to evacuate about 50 people from nearby homes on Thursday, Feb. 7.

Ionia County Central Dispatch posted on its Facebook page on Friday that the bridge over the Grand River is closed due to ice hitting it. And, Grand River Avenue between Kent and Water street is also closed.

They are reporting that the ice jam is also hitting other bridges in the city and causing the closure of all bridges.

They are urging residents to stay out of the area by the river as they are dealing with many rescues and evacuations.

Portland City Hall is set up as a temporary shelter for those being evacuated.

The city is reporting that as of midnight on Jan. 6, 50 people were evacuated.

They also asked residents that live along the river to leave their homes if water begins to approach the residence.

A permanent shelter was established at the Portland Church of the Nazarene, according to the city's Facebook page.

The city is working with the American Red Cross, also County and State Officials, including Emergency Management Personnel, the Michigan State Police-Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service.

The city is looking for ways to break up the ice but have been told that the methods are not recommended due to the size of the ice jam.

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