Flood/Ice Jam 2019

On February 6, 2019, the Grand River in Portland began to flood over the banks due to an ice jam. Approximately 50 residents were evacuated from their homes along Water Street.

On February 8, 2019, ice jams on the Grand River broke up and caused additional flash flooding. Many businesses along Kent St. were flooded and residents along Canal and Market Streets were evacuated.

The ice jam and flooding have caused the Wastewater Treatment Plant to operate at levels far exceeding its design due to excessive storm water that entered the system.

The City has been in discussion with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and other agencies to consider options to break up the ice jams. Due to the problematic conditions it has been determined that nature must run its course.

The City has been in constant contact with the Ionia County Emergency Management, the Michigan State Police Emergency Management Division, and the National Weather Service to monitor the situation.

As ice jams are notoriously unpredictable, residents are reminded to remain alert and be prepared to evacuate.

Below are various documents, photos, and video gathered throughout this event. 

Request to Governor for Reconsideration

Various Documents & Information

Additional Information

Michigan State Police helicopter video of the Grand River in Ionia County.

City Manager Gorman provided an extensive update to the City Council at its meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Police Chief Thomas and Fleis & VandenBrink President Paul Galdes also provided information. To view the Council Meeting please click here.

Community Resources

If you are a resident displaced from your home or are looking for assistance please contact 2-1-1

To visit the Portland Community Fund website click here.

Portland Community Fund Disaster Relief Grant Application

If you are a business that has been impacted by the flood please contact the DDA Director Tina ConnerWelman via email at Email

Click here for business resources.