Grand Rapids in State of Emergency
MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The city of Grand Rapids remains under a state of emergency due to flooding on the Grand River.
Mayor George Heartwell made the declaration Saturday afternoon as the waters rose and the threat of severe flooding exists for the rest of this week after heavy rains a week ago.
Heartwell says the city’s flood walls were built to hold back the Grand River up to nearly 25.5 feet. The river is expected to crest today at 22.3 feet.
The city has closed the Fulton Street bridge due to the power lines running underneath which carry the city’s electricity. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of sandbags are ready for Grand Rapids area residents to try to battle the flood. They are limited to 100 filled sandbags per household. Volunteers spent the weekend filling over 50-thousand sandbags.
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