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April 18, 2013

Flood watch in effect in St. Joseph County, Michigan

As noted in an earlier story, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flood watch for St. Joseph County, Michigan.

This was the view of the Rocky and St. Joseph Rivers, shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday (April 18), at the point where they converge in Three Rivers, near the lighthouse in Scidmore Park. (Click on photo to enlarge)

Forecasters say the flood watch is in effect through Friday morning (April 19) and indicate that periods of heavy rainfall can be expected Thursday night.  This heavy rainfall, combined with already saturated soils and elevated river levels, will likely lead to significant river flooding through the upcoming weekend.

According to information from the NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, the St. Joseph River at Three Rivers was at 6.33 feet at 7 p.m. Thursday.  Flood stage there is 7 feet.

Source:  Flood watch statement from National Weather Service/Northern Indiana at 4:37 p.m. 4-18-13


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