Water begins to recede, but flooding still impacts Grand Rapids
Updated: Monday, April 22 2013, 07:15 PM EDT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Grand River in Grand Rapids finally crested Sunday night, and the water is beginning to recede.
It's unclear when those evacuated from buildings like the Plaza Towers in downtown will be able to return to their apartments, hotel rooms, and offices.
In the meantime, you may see water being pumped out of buildings along the Grand River, not to mention road closures throughout the city.
On Saturday Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell declared a state of emergency, not wanting the state to overlook Grand Rapids should any financial aid become available.
Governor Rick Snyder tells Newschannel 3 he's investigating what resources the state can offer.
"No one likes to get flooded out," Snyder said. "It's a terrible circumstance, water in your basement and all those other challenges, so that's something we need to keep following up on to say, 'can we be supportive of people?'"
City leaders estimate the final cost to the city will have been $300,000 to $500,000. That accounts for overtime, and in large part efforts to prevent the city's wastewater treatment plant from flooding. That's no longer a concern, but the city wanted to prepare for the worst.
"If we end up spending $200,000 to protect a facility, that if it were damaged would cost perhaps as much as $5 million to dry out, repair, and restart, it's money well spent," said Heartwell.
The City is accepting donations for flood relief. You can find more information here.