Drone pictures show rising waters on Lake Michigan

Posted at 10:16 PM, May 02, 2020

It's no secret that the rain we had over the past week ensured that we're above average in terms of rainfall so far this season. Total rainfall in 2020 is running 2.49" above average in Grand Rapids as of this writing, and 3.70" above average in Muskegon.

Here's a quick recap of the heavy rain we had to deal with during the middle of the week:


The wet weather is contributing to an already near-record water level situation on Lake Michigan. One of our viewers, Sam Hankinson, captured the rising water levels over the past four years with a series of pictures taken from a drone. These pictures were taken in Grand Haven at the Harbor Island boat launch where the main access road is now closed.

This picture was taken in July 2016:


Here is the same area photographed in May 2019:


This picture was taken in November 2019:


Here is the same area photographed on May 1, 2020:


Although there is no heavy rain forecast over the next 7 days, we are still vulnerable to flooding like what's shown above in the coming months. In fact, the Army Corps of Engineers is forecasting a 2 inch rise in Lake Michigan's water level by June 1, 2020.

Stay tuned to FOX 17 for further updates!