February 13, 2016

Flood warning issued for county

Tim Barnum
The Rifle River in Sterling could rise above the flood stage Monday night.

STERLING — A flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Arenac County, specifically the Rifle River near Sterling.

A statement posted by the NWS around 4 p.m. on Monday, March 31 said recent warm weather and expected precipitation could push the river above its flood stage.

An NWS statement posted earlier in the day Monday said the flood stage was 6 feet, and the river had been observed at 5.9 feet. According to the NWS, the Rifle River could rise to 9 feet by Tuesday evening and impact the campground at White’s Canoe Livery on Melita Road.

Water levels in the river are expected to be below the flood stage by Thursday night

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