Grand River near record flood in western Michigan

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm •  Published: April 21, 2013
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Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell declared a state of emergency Saturday.

Hundreds of residents were forced to leave the Plaza Towers and Courtyard Marriott in Grand Rapids after water from the Grand River poured into the basement of the 32-story building Saturday, knocking out electrical service, according to MLive.com.

Water also flooded the basements of other major buildings along the river, including the JW Marriott and Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

People have been busy filling and stacking sandbags around the Grand Rapids Public Museum, threatened by rising water.

High water levels also continued upstream Sunday, with the Grand River 2.9 feet over flood stage at Ada, 3.9 feet over at Lowell and 2.6 feet over at Ionia.

Flooding also continued Sunday afternoon in central Michigan, with the Saginaw River 5.3 feet above flood stage at Saginaw.

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Online:

National Weather Service flood report: http://1.usa.gov/13HcbG9