The National Weather Service said the combination of widespread rainfall around a half-inch since Wednesday and runoff from the melting snowpack have produced significant rises on rivers in west and central Michigan.
Showers and thunderstorms are expected to produce another one-quarter to one-half inch of rain through Friday morning.
In addition, any ice remaining on the rivers will be broken up and moving. This could lead to fluctuating river levels.
People who live near the rivers should continue to monitor the latest information.
A flood watch means flooding is possible but not imminent. If you are in the watch area, remain alert to possible flooding. Residents and those with interests near the river should monitor rising water levels and be prepared for possible flood warnings. Report observed flooding to local emergency services or law enforcement, and request they pass this information to the National Weather Service.
At 9 a.m. Thursday, the stage at Robinson Township was 11.9 feet. Minor flooding is possible.
The flood stage there is 13.3 feet. The weather bureau said the flood stage may be reached by late Friday night.
The river is forecast to reach a maximum stage of 13.6 feet by Saturday afternoon. At 13.6 feet, the eastern edge of Vanlopik Street and the western edge of Limberlost Road begin to flood. Flooding begins to occur in low-lying areas in Deer Creek Park.