Flooding Update: Main St. open in Lowell

8:29 AM, Apr 22, 2013   |    comments
Lowell from above. Photos courtesy: Majestic Air
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Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) Main Street in Downtown Lowell is open to traffic once again. The city closed the road between Washington Street and Jackson Street on Saturday due to rising flood waters.

The Kent County Health Department is maintaining a No Contact advisory for the Grand River and is assessing and monitoring for emerging health threats.  In addition to the fast-moving current, the flood water poses other dangers from debris and possible contamination.

Contact with the water could lead to illness in humans and animals - infectious organisms such as E. coli, Shigella, and Salmonella. The department advises to stay away from the Grand River as well as other creeks and rivers until further notice. It also recommends keeping pets away from these waters.

The city is urging residents to take the following actions until the flooding event passes:

o Flush toilets less;
o Shower for a shorter time;
o Avoid doing laundry, or do larger loads at once;
o Avoid the dishwasher - hand wash dishes instead.

• Drinking water from the City of Lowell Water Treatment Plant is safe to drink. Residents and businesses with water wells are advised to have their water tested.

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