The west end of Marquette County is facing extreme flooding after significant thunderstorms hit the area Thursday. The Marquette County Road Commisson reports that a significant portion of Marquette County Road 510 is closed until further notice due to it being completely impassable. Other areas of flooding are causing a lane to be closed on Marquette County Road 550 between Big Bay and Marquette. The city of Ishpeming was particularly hard hit. (Photo courtesy of Jill Barrett)

MARQUETTE — Residents on Marquette County’s west end are dealing with severe flooding after a powerful thunderstorm ripped through the area Thursday evening.

The National Weather Service reports that over 1.6 inches of rain fell during a half-hour period between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The flooding has led to several road closures throughout the area and some residents report more than a foot of water in their basements.

Standing water on the road was mostly gone Thursday evening, but washouts and damage to roads remains an issue of concern.

Marquette County Road 510 north of Negaunee will be closed until further notice after the road became completely washed out and impassable, the Marquette County Road Commission reports.

The city of Ishpeming was particularly hard hit. (Photo courtesy of Jill Barrett)

Flooding also caused a lane closure on Marquette County Road 550. The area of road between Marquette and Big Bay was closed as of Thursday afternoon due to damage on the road.

A temporary traffic signal will control traffic in the area toward Wetmore Landing. Harlow Lake Road and hiking trail remain closed.

Randy Crouch can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. His email address is rcrouch@miningjournal.net.

The road commission Friday fixes a section of County Road 550 north of Wetmore Landing following Thursday’s heavy rains. Harlow Lake Road at County Road 550 also was closed due to flooding conditions until further notice, the MCRC said. Another major section that was closed until further notice because of flood damage was County Road 510 from the end of the blacktop in Negaunee north to Red Road. (Journal photo by Christie Mastric)


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