Residents threatened by flooding along St. Clair River

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

Unseasonably high temperatures - projected to reach 60 degrees or higher on Friday - combined with rain may cause issues in flood-prone areas of Nassau and Suffolk, reports say. Most of the inclement weather will begin after midnight, said NWS.

In East China Township, some ice and water already has come over the seawall and is at the mouth of the street. The ice also had broken the railing.

He said his office's emergency coordinator, Amy Hirsch, planned to tour the upper Hudson with National Weather Service staff on Thursday.

Some locations that could experience flooding include Port Huron, St. Clair, Algonac, Marine City, Harsens Island and Pearl Beach. "Water levels dropped for a long period of time, but now they're coming back up". "They are going to be doing an upbound vessel escort and then a downbound escort, and they are going to check to see if there is a blockage". This is due to the increase in runoff due to the melting snow and frozen ground, which could result in some rise in rivers.

"It pretty much started when the wind shifted around to the north", he said.

"Residents can continue to monitor and notify officials, especially if it is encroaching on their homes", Friedland said.

"Ideally, we'd like this thing to take place at noontime in broad daylight", said Pratt. The cold front will have much colder air, and with it the potential for the rain through the central part of the state to become what the service is calling a "winter mix" Thursday night.

It's only been a week since flood waters rushed in faster than most people can remember.

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