GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - You can't miss it.
For two months, a big, blue, 15,000-pound Dumpster has sat in the middle of the Grand River just beyond the Bridge Street Bridge in Grand Rapids, right in front of DeVos Place and the Riverwalk where conventioneers and other visitors enjoy the riverfront.
"I think it's a little bit peculiar," said Mel Trombley, who was out for a mid-day run along the Grand River walkway Monday. "It doesn't fit with the nice park in the background."
"I wonder, how far did it travel? Where did it come from?" questioned Shawnee Holman, also out for a run along the river.
24 Hour News 8 has been tracking the progress -- or lack of progress -- in getting the Dumpster out of the river since it flooded in April. On Monday, city officials said it appears the Dumpster isn't coming out anytime soon.
Grand Rapids Deputy City Manager Eric DeLong told city commissioners on Tuesday morning that crews will get the Dumpster out of the water when it is safe to get it.
Grand Rapids Public Service Director James Hurt said it likely floated downriver from Riverside Park during the city's historic flood.
"We're missing one from there," Hurt explained.
It's one of the Dumpsters that Republic Waste provides the City under contract. Hurt said city officials and Republic Waste have been trying to figure out how to get it out of the river. There have been a couple of plans proposed.
The first was to use a 300,000-pound crane to lift it out, but Hurt said the crane is too heavy for the Bridge Street Bridge.
The second and most viable plan, DeLong said, is to send personnel in a boat, and then hook a cable to the Dumpster and drag it to shore. But they can't do that until the river current, which is still strong as a result of the floods and recent rains, slows.
"We don't want to endanger our personnel, so we're waiting for the right conditions to do so," DeLong told commissioners on Tuesday.
Fire department officials also said it's too risky to send someone in the river to hook it up.
So for now, the Dumpster will continue to ride the rapids.
"It's an eyesore for sure," said Marjorie Behn, who ran the Riverwalk Monday.
"I think with all the damage that's been caused by the flood with houses and things, maybe that's not a top priority," said her running partner Trombley.
The wrath of Mother Nature brought the Dumpster to midstream. And since the City has to wait for the waters to calm a bit, it looks like she'll decide when it comes out.
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