Eight inches of rain fall on lakeshore, roads washed out

7:28 AM, Jun 14, 2008   |    comments
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FREE SOIL - Severe storms have ravaged parts of West Michigan for the second time in less than a week. As much as eight inches of rain fell late Thursday into Friday morning, causing severe flooding in Mason and Manistee Counties.

The Mason County Sheriff's Deputies report US-31 is closed due to flooding from the torrential rain. The closure affects US-31 from Free Soil Road to East Hoague Road near the city of Free Soil.

Four of the five lanes of US-10 are also under water near Jackson Road in Ludington.

A WZZM 13 weather watcher who was on the S.S. Badger says the crew recorded a 98 mile per hour wind gust early Friday morning.

Meanwhile, Consumers Energy says 9,000 new customers are without power from the latest round of storms. The hardest hit area is Manistee, where 4,700 people are without service. In Ludington there are 580 outages; 315 in Oceana and Muskegon counties, and 190 in Newaygo County.

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