Drivers across many counties in the region are facing road closures and detours due to heavy rain that has caused multiple roadways to be flooded for the Thursday commute.

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has issued a Flood Advisory for Barry, Calhoun, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson & Kalamazoo counties until 11:15 am Thursday. A Flash Flood Watch continues for Berrien, Branch, Cass & St, Joseph counties until 5:00 pm Thursday.

WWMT reports several areas of concern. A growing list of closed roadways has developed in the region. They include:

Kalamazoo city:

  • North Park Street from Balch to Park Place
  • S Burdick St between Stockbridge and Wall
  • S Rose St between Burdick and Wall
  • Lake St between Burdick and Portage Rd
  • Vine St between Portage and S Burdick Ave
  • Crosstown Pkwy between Portage Rd and Howard
  • Dutton Jasper to Portage Rd

Kalamazoo County:

  • Ross township: 42nd Street – M-89 to M-96
  • Oshtemo Township: 8th Street – ML Avenue to KL Avenue
  • Texas Township: P Avenue – 3rd Street to 4th Street
  • Texas Township: PQ Avenue – 3rd Street to 5th Street
  • Texas Township: P Avenue – 3rd Street to Main Street
  • Texas Township: O Avenue – 4th Street to 6th street
  • Texas Township: North Eagle Lake Drive – East Eagle Lake Drive to South 5th Street
  • Texas Township: S Avenue – 6th street to 8th street & 8th street to 10th street

Calhoun County:

  • Main Street & E Columbia Ave, Emmett Township
  • North Avenue in Battle Creek

Heavy rain has continued to develop and move over areas that Wednesday afternoon had as much as 1.5 inches of rain in less than an hour.

We expect the rain, heavy at times to continue into the mid morning hours of Thursday. Some areas may receive as much as 3 inches by then. No thunderstorms are forecast but the rain will be heavy at times nonetheless. This will cause minor flooding in the advisory area. - National Weather Service.

As always, if you come across flooding on a roadway, seek an alternate route instead of trying to drive through it.

Stay with us for additional updates related to area flooding.