Flooding http://michiganradio.org en Crews working to remove propane tanks from river http://michiganradio.org/post/crews-working-remove-propane-tanks-river <p>EVART, Mich. (AP) - State emergency officials say they are working to remove dozens of propane tanks floating in the Muskegon River as part of flood-recovery efforts in western Michigan.</p><p>State Emergency Operations Center spokesman Ron Leix said Saturday that more than 40 tanks have been retrieved by state and local crews working with propane safety experts on flat-bottom boats. He says floodwaters dislodged them from the residential properties along the river.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:29:45 +0000 Associated Press 17288 at http://michiganradio.org Crews working to remove propane tanks from river Flood risk has West Michigan Red Cross focusing on disaster aid http://michiganradio.org/post/flood-risk-has-west-michigan-red-cross-focusing-disaster-aid <p>Almost a year after Grand Rapids was slammed by major flooding, the Red Cross is rallying West Michigan aid groups in case this spring’s snowmelt leads to another big flood.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Chip Kragt, of the Red Cross in Michigan, says the organization is getting updates from the National Weather Service. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:14:57 +0000 Kate Wells 16818 at http://michiganradio.org Flood risk has West Michigan Red Cross focusing on disaster aid Stateside for Tuesday, March 11, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-march-11-2014 <p>The Detroit automakers are moving into their fifth year of recovery after the disastrous bottoming-out of 2009 when General Motors and Chrysler filed for bankruptcy. Half a decade later, however, sales are brisk and auto loans are available. But is the future that bright? On today's show: Are there warning signs of another auto downturn? And, if so, what needs to happen to stop it?</p><p>Then, what will our rivers and roads look like once spring hits and the snow melts? We spoke with meteorologist Jim Maczko&nbsp;to find out.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lake Erie is full of algae blooms and dead zones, and a new report is asking us to take action. What can be done to improve the health of this lake?</span></p><p>Also,&nbsp;how about adding smell to food advertising?&nbsp;</p><p>First on the show, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">re Michigan veterans getting what they deserve in terms of benefits and support?</span></p><p>The Veterans' Administration says when it comes to per-capita spending on veterans, Michigan checks in at an average of just over $3,400 per vet. The national average is over $4,800. That places Michigan last in the nation.</p><p>What is the state doing about this and to make sure that veterans get all the benefits to which they're entitled?</p><p>The director of Michigan's Veterans Affairs Agency, Jeff Barnes, joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:32:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 16814 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Will this Michigan spring bring water, water everywhere? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-michigan-spring-bring-water-water-everywhere <p>We've all kept rather busy this winter tracking the seemingly never-ending snowfall. And, with nobody's friend – the polar vortex – hanging around all winter, nothing has melted. So there's a sizeable snow pack just waiting for the spring melt.</p><p>What are forecasters predicting in terms of river and road flooding this spring?</p><p>Jim Maczko is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service based in Grand Rapids. He joined us today to give us an idea of what to look out for as temperatures warm up.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:57:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 16811 at http://michiganradio.org Will this Michigan spring bring water, water everywhere? Southern Michigan prepares for floods http://michiganradio.org/post/southern-michigan-prepares-floods <p>Local goverments in southern Michigan are bracing for possible flooding.</p><p>William Byl is Kent County's Drain Commissioner.&nbsp; He said how serious it becomes depends on the temperature swing and on the amount of rain.</p><p>"These kind of conditions are really the perfect storm because what you have is snowmelt combined with rain on top of the snowmelt, all falling on frozen ground. And you have no place for the water to go," Byl explained.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:39:53 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15972 at http://michiganradio.org Southern Michigan prepares for floods