Portland officials warn of flooding in the city

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Officials in the city of Portland are warning of flooding in the area. They say anyone going near bodies of water should be extra careful.

“The ice within the city and also upstream continues to shift and movie,” said City Manager Tutt Gorman on social media post-Friday night. “Water levels are rising slowly, and now spilling onto some streets.

“River ice is notoriously unpredictable, so while no abrupt changes are imminently expected, it is wise to pay careful attention to the river for the next few days and have a plan in case water levels do rise quickly,” Gorman said.

Gorman added in the post that Water Street and Canal Street in Portland are closed until further notice.

He also wrote that “the flow and direction of the water is dictated by the ice and river and has no relevancy to the city’s hydro dam.”

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