Cold Temperatures Will Contribute to Major Spring Flooding

Homes and businesses located near rivers are always more prone to spring flooding, but several weather factors this year increase the flood risk for Michigan residents near the St Clair River, the Clinton River (at Mount Clemens), the Huron River (at Hamburg and Ann Arbor), and Mill Creek at Dexter. 

Currently, very cold temperatures are preventing the snow from melting. In more average winters, temperatures gradually increase, allowing snow to melt slowly and prevent saturated ground (which is one factor that leads to flooding). This year, the snow has not had a chance to melt gradually. This means that when temperatures spike up, the snow will all melt at once–and there is a very good chance it will be combined with heavy spring rains as well, leading to flooding.