KALAMAZOO, Michigan — A minor league baseball stadium in western Michigan is expected to take several days to dry out after weekend storms that flooded the park, brought damaging winds and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses.
The overflowing Kalamazoo River swamped Homer Stryker Field on Saturday — and a carp was spotted in left field, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported. Monday's scheduled game between the Kalamazoo Growlers and the Battle Creek Bombers has been postponed until late July.
"It's unbelievable, there's literally 3 to 4 feet of water out there," said Growlers infielder Justin Fletcher, who showed up Saturday with his fishing pole. "I cast five or six times and then went and cast behind the bleachers."
On Friday night, the team noticed two puddles collecting on the north side of Sutherland Par, but by Saturday afternoon the water engulfed the entire diamond. The team had also postponed this past weekend's games against the Lakeshore Chinooks.
John Bollinger, the Growler's assistant general manager, said the cost of the damage and cleanup wasn't immediately known.
Flood warnings were in effect Monday for several waterways in parts of southern Michigan after Saturday's storms brought heavy rain. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the River Raisin, saying it's expected to crest on Tuesday.
Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. said about 14,000 of its customers were without power late Monday afternoon. It said about 158,000 of the homes and businesses it serves lost power in Saturday's storms. DTE said some small clusters of customers and individual service problems won't be dealt with until Tuesday.
Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. said about 4,000 of its customers were affected and almost all were back online by early Sunday.
A fireworks show scheduled for Saturday in conjunction with the Blue Water Cruise Weekend was postponed until July 11, the Times Herald of Port Huron reported.