Free sandbags available to Ottawa Co. residents

10:31 AM, Apr 19, 2013   |    comments
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OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ottawa County Emergency Management office is making sandbags available to residents. Officials say they have distributed 17,000 sandbags to communities around the county.

More information from the county about obtaining sandbags and road closures is below: 

With the Grand River expected to crest on Sunday in Ottawa County at a record 18.4 inches, citizens are urged to prepare for the weekend. Residents should contact their local township or city office to obtain bags and check for "after-hours" dissemination. Sand can be purchased through several suppliers. (Listed below)

It is important to only fill sandbags just over half full allowing the sand can settle to fill voids in the wall once it is built. Along with placing sandbags where water is expected to rise quickly, residents are advised to take precautionary measures such as raising items off of the ground level.

There is no charge for the sand bags, however they must be used for flood prevention purposes. Residents should use the bags to protect structures and not attempt to dam streams or rivers.

If residents experience flooding in their homes they are advised not to enter an area with standing water where there are electrical appliances such as lamps or washing machines, be it in their basement or elsewhere. If there is an immediate threat for life safety they should call 911.

Predicted high winds today coupled with the saturated soil puts the area at risk for downed trees and power outages. Residents should prepare. (See below.) Ottawa County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation and provide updates as they become available. More information is available at  

Ottawa County Flooding Update

The rain has subsided but the flooding persists in Ottawa County.

Road Flooding: The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management is reminding residents to NEVER drive on roads covered in water. Roads may be washed out under the waters and the depth of the water is impossible to assess. The following roads are water covered or closed and should be avoided:

Grand Haven Area

  • Walnut north of State
  • Coopersville Area
  • 26thbetween Winans & Linden
  • 16th& Hayes
  • Johnson between 12th & 16th
  • Cleveland between 96th & 112th
  • North Holland Area
  • Paw Paw & Burton
  • 104th between Adams & Mason

Hudsonville Area

  • 72nd& Barry (Please note that this list is subject to change as water levels rise and fall.)

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