High Waters Causing Dangerous Conditions on Thornapple River
July 1st, 2019 4:32 pm
Contact: Sgt. Joel Roon - 616.632.6106
Incident Type: Hazard Warning
CALEDONIA Twp, Mich: High waters and fast currents have resulted in several emergency responses to the Thornapple River in recent weeks for calls involving distressed tubers and kayakers. The combination of swift currents along with several down trees, which are a result of spring storms, has created hazardous conditions on the river that have prompted our recommendation to stay off the Thornapple for recreational purposes until further notice. The major area of concern is in Caledonia Township between 68th and 84th Street SE, which is where most of the tubing and kayaking takes place. We have seen several instances in which people are unable to avoid the downed trees and are swept into their branches and trapped for long periods of time after being overturned. We will be monitoring conditions on the river throughout the week, and will update this release once the river has returned to more normal conditions.
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