2013 Grand River Flood, Cold Snap Could Derail Michigan Crops

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2013 Grand River Flood, Cold Snap Could Derail Michigan Crops
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Blueberry field, West Olive, Michigan April 23, 2013

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Spring 2013 made Michigan history with record rain and flooding. Grand Rapids lived up to her name as the Grand River rapids that bisect the city crested at more than 22 feet (4 feet above flood stage) on Sunday, says NewsChannel 3.

The river cuts across lower Michigan to empty in Lake Michigan at Grand Haven. Grand Haven didn't get near the flood pummeling Grand Rapids got. But what we got is enough for concern, especially given Tuesday's post-flood cold snap. More cold and possible snow are headed our way, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

West Michigan is a major agricultural region, producing blueberries, Christmas trees, corn, apples, asparagus, cherries, peaches and other crops. WZZM 13 reports that rain-soaked fields have already delayed some planting. Cold will slow receding flood waters. Frost or snow on waterlogged fields could permanently damage this year's crops.

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