Mid-Michigan flooding on June 24
Greg Brown checks the mail at his home on the flooded Garfield Road between West Beaver and Seidler roads on June 24, 2017.
Flood warnings continue
A flood warning that began Friday continued through the weekend for the Tittabawassee River in Midland and Saginaw counties and the Saginaw River in Saginaw and Bay counties. That was after rain inundated those areas, plus Isabella County, with up to 7 inches of rain overnight June 22-23.
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Rainfall total from June 22, 2017 to 8 a.m. June 23, 2017. Heaviest rain showing up in red across central Michigan.
It all began with a lot of rain
The heaviest rain — up to 7 inches overnight Thursday, June 22 — fell in the swath of Isabella County, Midland County and Bay County that saw the worst flash flooding Friday, June 23. That deluge was on top of ready saturated ground from days of rain before. The water had nowhere to go but sideways, into low spots in fields across roads and down ditches and rivers.
NOAA/ Mark Torregrossa – MLive
The flood warnings begin
This was just the start: At 5:30 a.m. Friday, June 23, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Midland and Bay counties, stating continued rainfall would add to the 3 to 6 inches accumulated overnight and flood areas.
Andrew Dodson | MLive.com
Flooding in Great Lakes Bay Region on June 23, 2017
Major flooding forecast
Mid-Michigan flooding June 23
A field flooded at the corner of Dice Road and Chapin Road Jonesfield Township, causing parts of Chapin Road to begin to give way and a whirlpool to form on June 23, 2017.
Heavy rain alone ‘wipes out’ dry bean crop for some
Some farmers reported their dry bean fields under water would not survive the drenching. Dry beans, they said, don’t like “wet feet.” Other crops such as corn, wheat and sugar beets, were expected to survive.