Working together, Barry County Drain Commissioner Jim Dull and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality have narrowed the possible solutions to the flooding at Crooked Lake down from 9 to five promising options, according to Jim Yarger, director of the Barry County Office of Emergency Management.
“Vegetation and other studies needed to determine the best option will be initiated in the next week, and the Barry County Road Commission continues to provide sand and bags at three locations,” Yarger said.
• self-fill Station #1: Oak Drive
• self-fill Station #2: East Shore Drive
• self-fill Station #3 Barry County Road Commission 1725 W. M-43 Highway, Hastings
The Barry County Sheriff’s Auxiliary has bagged sandbags available for pick up at Prairieville Township Hall, 10115 S. Norris Road, Delton.
Residents needing assistance with carrying and placing sandbags can contact 211. Sheriff Dar Leaf reports the Marine Patrol continues to monitor the boats on the lake with boaters being willing to remain 100 feet off-shore in the affected areas.
Residents impacted by flooding can dial 211; nine households have contacted 211 to date with 211 reporting they have been able to refer the issues to the appropriate agencies for resolutions.
“We are thankful for the many volunteers and organizations that have stepped forward to provide assistance to the residents impacted by the high lake levels,” said Barry County Commission Chairman Ben Geiger. “State, county and local officials are working diligently on both short and long term solutions.”
For the latest updates to this coordinated effort, visit the Barry County Emergency Management Facebook page (Facebook.com/BarryCountyEMD).