Update: State of Emergency: Mason County road closures

7:28 PM, Jun 15, 2008   |    comments
  • Manistee Damage - photo from Kathleen Smilie
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Ludington - Rep. Peter Hoekstra toured Mason and Manistee counties on Saturday to see the damage left behind by severe weather. "I am thankful that no fatalities or serious injuries resulted from the severe weather in the northern part of Michigan's Second Congressional District," Hoekstra said. "The property and infrastructure damage appeared significant, but it appears that local emergency response coordination and clean-up efforts were excellent." The Mason County Sheriff's Office, the county Road Commission and Emergency Management Office is advising that residents should stay off the area roads except in emergencies. Travel north of US-10 should be restricted to emergency travel only.  The alternate route to Manistee should east on US-10 to M-37 and then north to M-55. The Michigan Department of Transportation is closing US-31 in Mason County from Manistee to Scottville.  Motorists are advised to exercise caution and expect delays. The Emergency Operations Center has been activated at the Mason County Jail.  No injuries have been reported so far. Many in the city of Ludington have sustained flood damage.  South Madison Avenue by Whitehall Industries has been washed out and caused a water main and sewer main to rupture.  Sewage has dumped into Pere Marquette Lake, but city officials say that the city's drinking water is still safe.  Residents are asked to reduce their use of water to limit the amount of water entering the sewer system. Consumer's Energy says they have restored power to the entire city of Ludington. The American Red Cross has closed its shelter at the North Gym of the Ludington High School complex. However, if you need assistance, you can call 211. The National Weather Service from Grand Rapids is predicting the Pere Marquette River will peak at 6.8 feet over flood stage by 2pm Monday. Also on Monday, people who have storm damage in their homes or businesses should contact the Mason County Equalization Department at (231) 845-6288. The department will need the information to do a storm damage assessment. Closed Roads:

-Townline West of Stiles

-Townline East of Stiles

-Victory Corner south of Fountain

-Freeman West of US 31

-Quarterline just north of Townline

-Dennis at Colburn

-LaSalle at Alexander

-Sugar Grove at Custer

-Stiles North of Sugar Grove

-Meyer north of Fountain

-Peterson at Decker to Dewey

-Jebavy and Angling

-Dennis and Fountain

-Hamlin Shoals and Arrowhead

-Hansen and Dennis

-US 10 and Meyers

-Tuttle Road

-Conrad Road east of Brye

-31 North

-Detour for US 31 over to Lake County

-LaSalle between Decker and Hansen

-Petersen and Fountain

-Hansen and Jebavy

-Darr North of Freesoil

-Stiles and Sugargrove

-Decker and Jebavy

-Rasmussen and Meyers

-Custer and Koenig

-Decker between Custer and Stephens

-Lincoln North of Dewey

-Jebavy and Johnson

-Fountain and Sherman

-Colburn and Townline

-Arrowhead and Hamlin Shoals

-Amber and Johnson

-Nurnberg and Townline

-Forest Trail

-Old Free Soil Road and Gurney Creek

-Tuttle north of Sugar Grove

-Tuttle South of Sugar Grove

-Morton at Gurney Creek

Opened roads:

-Peterson north of Angling

-Dennis and Conrad between Conrad and Brye

-Conrad and Pere Marquette

-Conrad Road between Custer and Tuttle

-Custer Road bridge north of Free Soil

-Sugar Grove east of LaSalle

-Sugar Grove west of Amber

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Bob Brenzing

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