Officials urge caution using rivers, trails after flooding

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – After last week’s devastating floods in Michigan there are changes to some areas that you should be aware of if you are going up north this weekend.

Officials say people using rivers and trails for recreation should be cautious and aware of some closings.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says a 1-mile stretch of Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park in Mecosta County has been temporarily closed this week due to rains.

The DNR says portions of the trail in Mecosta Township are washed out. People may use area roads as a detour.

Damage has been reported in other parts of the state and rivers remain rain-swollen. Four mid-Michigan counties have declared states of emergency to ensure they’re eligible for state and federal relief funds. They are Isabella, Midland, Bay and Gladwin counties.

Severe weather lead to widespread damage and flooding starting last week. Officials say some roads were left impassable.

ONLINE: Department of Natural Resources closures

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