Plaza Tower Residents Retrieve Flood-Damaged Vehicles

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Tow truck driver Ralph Siegel worked to pull dozens of damaged vehicles from the Plaza Towers Apartment parking garage.

“It’s been real busy,” Siegel said.

Snow melt and heavy rains in late April caused the Grand River to flood. That sent 1.3 million gallons of water into the parking garage beneath the building.

Sump pumps were put in place to pump the water out. Despite the effort, the building’s director of operations says about 80 vehicles have been affected.

“[There’s a] lot of water damage. Usually we got to pull the carpet out and the seats out, and sometimes we gotta replace the back on the carpeting and as far as the engines and stuff go we’ll have to drain them down and all the fluids got to be taken out,” Siegel explained.

Maniarmpresad Ravikumar’s Volkswagon was one of those vehicles. He’s one of about a thousand displaced residents. They’ve been out since April 20th. He said his vehicle is totaled.

“It’s real bad,” he said. “It’s water everywhere, and also got in the engine and stuff,” he explained.

Siegel said his shop, Quality Auto service, is busy without once going on at Plaza Towers. it’s a workload he’s prepared to take on one by one.

Ravikumar said he feels building management, Eenhorn, could have handled communication immediately after the flooding, a little better.

“They started communicating after like, 2 or 3 days. Before that, there was no emails there was no phone calls,” he said.

In the meantime, the director of operations said a number of safety checks are being done by the Grand Rapids fire department. They’re going room to room to make sure everything is safe. That includes checking the ventilation system.

The director of operations says that residents should be able to move back in by next Wednesday.

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  • anonymous

    The story that is posted here has INCORRECT information!!! Ralph Siegel may have towed one or two vehicles out of the Plaza Towers Parking structure but NOT dozens!!! Grand Rapids Towing and Merl's Towing was the main towing company working there.(Just look at your video footage!!) They are the ones who put in MANY MANY hours into taking care of Plaza Tower Resident vehicles safely!!! Grand Rapids Towing and Merl's Towing were the ones who towed most if not all of the vehicles. Please give credit where credit is due!!! Thank you!

    • Jenny

      I was going to say the same thing!!!! This report is VERY incorrect!!!! Merl's towing was the one pulling all of the cars from there and they Deserve the credit for that!!!!! Love all my tow guys and now all this video coverage there will be donuts for along time ;) GREAT JOB BOYS