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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
News conference: All flooded areas in Grandville are within the 100 year flood plain. Most north of Chicago Drive primarily.
GR Newser: Buck Creek areas have improved significantly in the Grandville area
Next city of GR news conference is set for Sunday at 1:30pm
GR Mayor: MSP doing situation awareness assessment with its helicopter from Ionia to Lake Michigan.
GR Mayor: State of emergency means we put ourselves in line should we need it so we are eligible for state/federal funding.
GR Mayor: Significant ground water entering downtown buildings. All 3 hotels along the river. Railroad tracks will go underwater.
BREAKING NOW: Mayor issued state of emergency for city of Grand Rapids at 1pm Saturday.
GR Mayor: Calling for volunteers to help fill sandbags starting at 8am.
GR Mayor: Precautions taken at Waste Water Treatment Plant. Trap bags are being placed around perimeter in case water comes over Market
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.
GR Mayor: Flood walls are holding. Park Place Apartment residents are allowed to return.
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