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My Town: Flooding organization planning summits begin March 18
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My Town: Flooding organization planning summits begin March 18

WYOMING, Mich.—As spring creeps closer, the risk of flooding grows.

Parts of West Michigan are at a higher risk of flooding this year because of the record-breaking winter snowfall, which will melt when temperatures finally climb above freexing.  That’s why the American Red Cross of West Michigan is teaming up with local relief organizations and government officials to hold three planning summits, beginning Tuesday, March 18.

The summit schedule is as follows:

March 18, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Newaygo County Emergency Operations Center 
306 North Street, White Cloud

March 18, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center
2500 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids

March 31, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
St. Edwards Catholic Church
531 Jordan Lake St., Lake Odessa

According to predictions, the risk of flooding will peak between late March and early May of this year. The summits are a chance for organizations and agencies in the area to plan for the response and recovery phases of potential floods. Groups at these summits will have time to identify and develop strategies to meet community needs in the event of flooding.

“The summits are a time for West Michigan to come together and find ways that we can help each other,” said Chip Kragt, regional director of disaster services for the Red Cross of West Michigan. “Potential flooding is a community issue, and working with our neighbors is crucial to making sure we’re all prepared.”

The summits are open to organizations and relief groups.

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