GRAND RIVER BASIN (WKZO) -- While Kalamazoo has been high and dry for days, just to the North, they have slowly been watching the Grand River rise. It crested over night at record levels as it rushed thru the heart of the state’s second largest city, and has now begun to recede, a process that will take days.
Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell declared a state of emergency.
He says the only thing protecting the city at this point is their flood walls.
There have also been a number of river front neighborhoods that have been inundated and those homeowners may not be allowed back for days until river levels recede to safe levels.
As the surge makes its way downstream, Robinson Township is the next choke point in the river in Ottawa County, which has already declared a state of emergency and a water contact advisory.
Sewage overflows in Coopersville and Grandville have released untreated sewage into the river, and that means that any water that floods homes in Ottawa County will likely be contaminated.
The Grand River isn’t the only river where there is massive flooding. In fact the Mississippi River and many of its tributaries in Illinois and Missouri are also flooding. Those areas got hit by the same intense rain storms that caused the problems in mid Michigan.