Mayor Heartwell: the flood walls are holding

1:21 PM, Apr 21, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell says the flood walls along the Grand River are holding and show no sign of deteriation. Heartwell gave the update Sunday afternoon.

The Grand River is expected to crest Monday at 2 a.m. at 22.3 feet. The 100 year flood wall was built to withhold 25.47 feet.

Mayor Heartwell is taking a helicopter tour of the Grand River to see the extent of the damage and also to help Consumer's Energy should there be more problems caused by the flooding.

Heartwell thanked the hundreds of volunteers that showed up to help fill sandbags. He says they managed to fill 6,000 sand bags per hour. Right now there are 40,000 sand bags ready for use but more are still needed.

If you'd like to donate food for the volunteers sand bagging you can call 616-456-3054.

The Fulton Street Bridge remains closed because flood debris could damage power lines underneath, causing public safety concerns. The Pearl Street Bridge and the Sixth Street Bridges are also closed.


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