Water over roads after steady Saturday rains

By Melissa Burnor
Flooding problems continue to rise in the area after nearly 24 hours of steady rain dumped several of inches of water on already sodden ground and swollen waterways. Several county roads were closed due to water over the road. Places like the curves on Palmyra Road south of Deerfield Road are covered in water and are marked but several places are not. As of Sunday morning, Palmyra Road had been reopened. Lenawee County Road Commission had run out of road closed signs by early Saturday evening as law enforcement and citizens continued to report flooding conditons throughout the county.

The National Weather Service is predicting minor flooding will occur along the River Raisin. The NWS said that the river should crest at 683.4 feet Tuesday morning. This is rated as a minor flooding occurrence but Blissfield will likely flood more than neighboring communities along the banks of the River Raisin. The river is predicted to crest about two feet lower than the event on Dec. 1, 2011, that closed the bridge on US 223 in Blissfield.

The River in Adrian is expected to crest Sunday evening with less flooding possibly than at Blissfield. The river at Monroe is expected to rise 1.5 feet Sunday and remain there for two to three days, according to the National Weather Service with a slight chance of minor flooding.

No more significant rainfall is expected for the next few days. There is currently no flood warning for either Lenawee or Monroe counties.