Grand Rapids Declares State of Emergency

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – During a news conference on Saturday afternoon, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell held a news conference in which he declared a state of emergency for the city as it deals with flooding problems along the Grand River.  Here is a blog of what he said, along with representatives from Grandville.

More details on State of Emergency here: http://fox17online.com/2013/04/20/grand-rapids-declares-state-of-emergency-2/#axzz2R1oIILl2

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News conference: All flooded areas in Grandville are within the 100 year flood plain. Most north of Chicago Drive primarily.

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GR Newser: Buck Creek areas have improved significantly in the Grandville area

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Next city of GR news conference is set for Sunday at 1:30pm

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GR Mayor: MSP doing situation awareness assessment with its helicopter from Ionia to Lake Michigan.

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GR Mayor: State of emergency means we put ourselves in line should we need it so we are eligible for state/federal funding.

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GR Mayor: Significant ground water entering downtown buildings. All 3 hotels along the river. Railroad tracks will go underwater.

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Red Cross’ mobile feeding for flood victims fox17online.com/2013/04/20/ame…

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BREAKING NOW: Mayor issued state of emergency for city of Grand Rapids at 1pm Saturday.

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GR Mayor: Calling for volunteers to help fill sandbags starting at 8am.

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GR Mayor: Precautions taken at Waste Water Treatment Plant. Trap bags are being placed around perimeter in case water comes over Market

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GR Mayor: Power is out at Plaza Towers after water got into power system. This is not a breach of the flood wall. Flood walls are strong.

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GR Mayor: Flood walls are holding. Park Place Apartment residents are allowed to return.

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GR Mayor: Grand River levels are at 21 feet. New crest prediction 22.7 feet. Top of flood walls will be about 3 feet above the crest

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