Update: Flooding Concerns in Ironwood, Wakefield

Posted at: 05/01/2013 11:55 AM
Updated at: 05/02/2013 2:28 PM

Gary Jackson photo
Gary Jackson photo

Floodwaters are receding in Ironwood but are still a concern in Wakefield.

Gogebic County Emergency Manager Jim Loeper said Thursday a pump was being installed on Sunday Lake in Wakefield to relieve pressure.  Floodwaters have covered some roads and caused MDOT to close M-28 in Wakefield.

Loeper has said flooding in Wakefield may be similar to 2002 and encouraged residents to take precautions.

In Ironwood, Silver Street at state border in Hurley and Ironwood closed Wednesday morning as workers placed sandbags across the roadway to defend against the rising Montreal River.  Silver Street is the business route for U.S. Highway 2 connecting downtown Ironwood and Hurley.

Loeper said a few houses in Ironwood have been evacuated.  Several other Ironwood roads, including Norrie Park Road and Poplar Street, have been closed.  U.S. Highway 2 remained open and Loeper said he did not expect it to close.

Elsewhere, officials continue to be concerned about the Presque Isle River Dam near Marenisco.  While the dam is currrently stable, increased water flow could inundate M-64 and Highway 2, as well as other areas of Marenisco Township.

A flood warning is in effect for the Black River near Bessemer, but it appears the river may have crested.  Minor flooding is occurring but the National Weather Service predicts the river will fall below flood stage by late Wednesday night.

Farther to the east, a 20-mile stretch of M-28 in Ontonagon County between Bergland and Bruce Crossing reopened to passenger vehicle traffic on Wednesday.  However, trucks are still being detoured to U.S. Highway 45 and U.S. Highway 2.