Melting snow, rain force Monroe residents to prepare for massive flooding of River Raisin

(WXYZ) - Concern is growing in Monroe. Rain is on the way and so are higher temps, melting snow and ice dams causing the potential for more flooding.

The Monroe Evening News reported the river level is at nine feet. That is flood stage and with the threat of more rain, residents fear the level will rise above the streets already flooded along Front Street, on the banks of the River Raisin.

Depending on the rain and snow melt-- the river could soon go to 10 or 11 feet, causing more flooding.

But help is on the way. 7 Action News has learned the city has requested Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay  to break up the ice at Monroe Harbor Thursday morning. 

The cutter will focus on breaking up ice dams clearing the way for the ice floes to float out to Lake Erie and emptying out the River Raisin.

The cutter is scheduled to arrive at 8 am Thursday and will work until noon.

The Monroe mayor is asking people to stay off the river during that time.

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