Sheriff: Portland residents should be prepared

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PORTLAND, Mich. (WILX) -- The Ionia County Sheriff's Office has some advice for people who live in the flooded town as more winter weather approaches.

"I think there's a possibility it could get worse...but weather is unpredictable. They're calling for snow, I believe freezing rain, all of the contributing factors that have started this whole process down in Portland," Sheriff Charlie Noll said.

The Ionia County Sheriff's Office is working closely with emergency management while tracking the forecast. Officers and volunteers are ready if needed for rescues and assistance. The Sheriff told News 10 people can prepare themselves as well.

"I think the biggest thing is having a preparation. Having a to-go bag with essentials, clothing for several days, flashlights and things like that. Just being prepared ahead of time and not taking these things lightly and this type of year the cold weather just adds another extreme to it."

You can call 211 for information about shelters and more. The Sheriff said to listen to those who are trying to help because material things can be replaced, people can't.

"Don't take mother nature lightly, and listen to those that are saying maybe it's time to go, then its time to go," he said.

Officials added that people should stay off the ice because even if it looks frozen, it can still be very dangerous.