People slowly being allowed into their homes in GR
Updated: Wednesday, April 24 2013, 08:43 PM EDT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - As the water continues to recede, people are slowly being allowed back into their homes.
The Grand River in Grand Rapids is expected to fall below flood stage sometime Thursday.
With the river on its way back down from record highs, few homes in the affected neighborhoods were spared.
Newschannel 3 caught up with homeowners in Grandville on Wednesday that are trying to clean up the mess, but fortunately have a little help.
Volunteers from the American Red Cross are visiting neighborhoods affected by the floods, trying to bring relief to people hit by the worst flooding in the area on record.
"We ended up with about two feet of water down there, and it's a finished basement," said homeowner Cheryl Vincent, whose basement was flooded.
Vincent said she was grateful for the cleaning supplies and tools offered by the Red Cross. Especially because she says her insurance doesn't cover anything.
The aftermath of the storms raises a few other questions as well.
"The drywall dust is pretty bad down there, and who knows what was in the water, to be honest," Vincent said.
Larry and Julie Price said that the three cleaning companies they've tried are too busy to even call back.
They say they've been cleaning since Thursday.
More than 500 people in Kent County are still not allowed back into their homes, and that doesn't even include the city of Grand Rapids.
On Thursday, the Red Cross mobile units will visit Ottawa County.
To see their schedule for the rest of the week, click here.