Care, caution best in areas threatened by flooding

It appears the weather has finally turned the corner into spring and the residents of the Upper Peninsula can enjoy their first weekend of sunshine and warmth.

There has been a lot of grumbling about the lingering winter that included snowfalls and cold temperatures, but now that is all forgotten and it’s time to get outside.

It’s great, too, that this weekend marks the opening of trout fishing season, when anglers will be hitting area streams in hopes of catching a fish or two.

However, anglers and others who enjoy spring forays into the woods and along streams must be aware of a danger being created by the warmer weather – a good chance of flooding on many area rivers, including such popular fishing streams as the Chocolay and Carp rivers near Marquette.

With upwards of two feet of snow still in the woods, and more in some headwater areas of rivers, temperatures in the 60s this weekend will quickly turn the snow into water that will overfill the streams.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service station in Negaunee Township issued a flood warning on Thursday that said rivers could be topping their banks as early as Sunday.

We all welcome the spring-like weather and hope it remains, but particular care needs to be taken around water as the snow melts so the joy of spring doesn’t turn into tragedy.