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City of Lowell and residents prepare for "third highest elevation flood"

The City of Lowell is preparing for what will go down as, what it calls the third highest elevation flood in the town’s history. The Grand River is expected to crest there at 18.6 feet sometime after 7 o’clock Friday evening. WGVU visited Lowell where residents and city officials are taking action. City of Lowell workers have their orders barricading roads into southeast neighborhoods where the Grand River’s waters are rising to near historic levels. I ask how many barricades are being...

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Democrats in Lansing are trying to see movement on gun violence prevention bills. And They could have an unlikely ally.

In an interview with Politico, Governor Rick Snyder mentioned his own experiences with a school shooting while he went to the University of Michigan. The interview comes days after after a deadly school shooting in Florida. Snyder says he might be on board with so-called “red flag” legislation. It lets law enforcement and family members go through a procedure to ban a person from possessing a gun if they’re unstable.

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Today, the Kent County Sheriff’s Marine Division had to assist Plainfield Township in rescuing a resident due to rising floodwaters.  The resident was rescued safely.  More than 100 residents have evacuated their homes in Kent County this week.  And now, the Kent County Emergency Management staff are encouraging residents to use good sense when dealing with flooding and not to wait until it’s too late to leave.

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The City of Lowell is preparing for what will go down as, what it calls the third highest elevation flood in the town’s history. The Grand River is expected to crest there at 18.6 feet sometime after 7 o’clock Friday evening. WGVU visited Lowell where residents and city officials are taking action.

City of Lowell workers have their orders barricading roads into southeast neighborhoods where the Grand River’s waters are rising to near historic levels. I ask how many barricades are being deployed?

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The worst is coming for the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids.

The National Weather Service is predicting a water level of 21.5 feet by the weekend, close to the record set in April 2013.

Jared Maples, a meteorologist, says it's a combination of rain and melting snow flowing over hard soil and into the Grand River from other rivers, especially the Thornapple.

Maples says more rain is predicted but it's not expected to be significant.

He says February flooding from rain and melting snow is unusual on the Grand River.

Spring flooding is more common.

House lawmakers want to make English the official language of Michigan. 

Republicans led the way in passing a bill Thursday that would require its use in public records.

State departments and local governments still could publish documents in other languages.

Rep. Tom Barrett, a Republican from Potterville, says Michigan is a diverse state.

But he says diversity with "no shared values" drives people into their "own corners."

He and other supporters say the bill will encourage assimilation.

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Democrats in Lansing are trying to see movement on gun violence prevention bills. And They could have an unlikely ally.

In an interview with Politico, Governor Rick Snyder mentioned his own experiences with a school shooting while he went to the University of Michigan. The interview comes days after after a deadly school shooting in Florida. Snyder says he might be on board with so-called “red flag” legislation. It lets law enforcement and family members go through a procedure to ban a person from possessing a gun if they’re unstable.

The Seychelles have brokered a novel deal that will allow the island archipelago to swap millions of dollars in sovereign debt for protecting nearly one third of its ocean area.

It's hailed as the first of its kind. "Seychelles is clearly breaking new grounds and with it, it has positioned itself as a world leader in ocean governance and management," Seychelles vice president Vincent Meriton said in remarks announcing the new protections.

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