Snyder tries to ready state for rain, snow and possible flooding

Feb 20, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says state officials are monitoring rivers and crews are cleaning storm drains along highways in the state's Lower Peninsula to prepare for heavy storms. 

Credit National Weather Service

Snyder told reporters Wednesday that the state and its residents must take precautions as temperatures rise along with the potential for flooding from rainfall and melting snow. The National Weather Service says rain forecast Thursday could top an inch in some places in southern Michigan.

The Republican governor urges residents to avoid driving on roads that appear flooded and make sure gutters and downspouts on homes and businesses are cleared.

He says some Upper Peninsula residents must prepare for blizzard conditions.

Snyder describes it as "a tough year" in terms of dangerous cold and heavy snowfalls, and says there's still "more to come."