Grand Rapids homes threatened by river

12:28 AM, Apr 20, 2013   |    comments
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Riverside Park along Monroe Ave. NE, where flooding has neighbors concerned about water reaching their homes.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Some homeowners along the Grand River in Grand Rapids are keeping a nervous eye on the rising river water.

"We are very definitely watching it," confirms Parklane Drive resident Carol Derks.

On Monroe Avenue NE around Parklane Drive there are homes across from Riverside Park where the owners say they've never been flooded, but some admit they are nervous and afraid this could be the first time.

"I don't think it will get this far, but boy, I don't know," says Derks. "I hope it doesn't."

Her husband, Harold Derks, is also optimistic their house will stay dry.

"There is a berm the other side of the curb that would hold back a lot of the water,  but I don't think it will get that far," he says.

The river is now higher than Monroe Avenue resident Arlynn Beimers has ever seen it.

"We have lived here 35 years and it's never come up quite this high," she says. "Hopefully it won't be too bad, but it's the worst I've seen it."

Residents in the areas threatened by the flood say they are keeping their fingers crossed until Sunday,  when the rain swollen river is expected to crest and start to recede.

"It's quite a concern," says Beimers. "But I'm not wet yet."

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