Grandville clean water plant over capacity

6:32 PM, Apr 19, 2013   |    comments
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Grandville workers prepare sandbags

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Residents in hard-hit Grandville are fighting the rising water level from the Grand River one day after the Buck Creek swelled and flooded a nursing home.

Business owners and volunteers spent Friday afternoon fortifying their property with sandbags in an effort to contain the flood water. The city donated bags, sand, and a front loader to help with the effort. Several buildings were already filling with water.

Barb VanGeest's 89-year old mother was one of the 122 residents evacuated from the Brookcrest Nursing Home. "It was devastating to see those people sitting outside. She's doing good."

Today, it was a much different scene at the nursing home as the water receded and the clean up was well underway. For the nursing home, the damage is done. Buck Creek is not an issue, but Grandville has its sight on a much bigger problem. The clean water plant, which services several communities, is over capacity and in jeopardy.

"There's already millions of more gallons than the plant is able to hold. It's rated for 10 million gallons. We've been putting 20 million through it," said Grandville City Manager, Ken Krombeen.

Residents in the surrounding area are asked to conserve water usage. "Any water that leaves their home or business winds up at that plant and we're already struggling to keep up because of all water from the storm being absorbed into system," explained Krombeen.

So for now, all the city can do is wait and see what happens.

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