Experts in flood management offered look at Grand River

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Fish Ladder and dam in Grand River - from FOX 17 downtown camera

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Experts in flood management will get a firsthand look at flood-prevention efforts in Grand Rapids during a nearly weeklong gathering.

The National Association of Floodplain Managers Conference starts Sunday and runs through June 24.

More than 1,200 visitors are expected to attend. They’re being offered a chance to check out the Grand River and its floodwalls, see projects taking place to improve the floodwalls and learn about efforts to restore rapids to the Grand River and improve recreation.

The Grand River came close to breaching the flood walls in April 2013. Water flowed in torrents, causing millions of dollars in damage throughout Kent County and causing flooding that forced hundreds of area residents to leave their homes for higher ground.

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