Plaza Towers sues G.R. over 2013 flooding

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The City of Grand Rapids is facing a lawsuit from the owners of Plaza Towers, the 32-story downtown condo and apartment complex.

Plaza Towers was closed for 17 days in April of 2013 when its basement flooded from high waters from the Grand River. The Towers, in its suit, contends that changes the city made to a floodwall to allow increased pedestrian access led to the flooding.

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"The invasion of 'superinduced' water from the Grand River into Plaza Towers' property was the direct, natural, and necessary result of the City of Grand Rapids' decision to cut a breach into the floodwall," the suit says.

The suit does not specify how much it wants from the city, but says condo owners, who were displaced for several weeks, suffered millions of dollars in damages.

City Attorney Catherine Mish said she has not seen the suit and could not comment on it.


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