- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

CROTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Several Michigan rivers are over their banks after three days of storms dropped as much of 5.5 inches of rain, forcing some flood plain residents from their homes.

The Muskegon River was 2.8 feet above flood stage Monday at Croton Dam in Newaygo County’s Croton Township.

That’s prompted county emergency services director Abby Watkins to tell some people who live downstream to evacuate now. Watkins also warned residents in more than 200 other homes along the river to prepare for evacuation.

The National Weather Service predicts the river will crest about 3.4 feet over flood stage Wednesday at the dam, located about 35 miles north of Grand Rapids.

Flooding also is reported at the Pere Marquette, Tittabawassee and White rivers.

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