GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - It's been a very long time since Grand Rapids has seen as much rain as it has recently, and even though the rain has stopped, there are still some major concerns.
One of the biggest concerns that resulted from the rain and the flooding that happened on the Grand River, was whether or not the flood walls would hold in downtown Grand Rapids.
On Monday, 24 Hour News 8 caught up with one of the many crews evaluating the walls and marking weak spots.
The crew found cracks in one section of flood wall along Front Street just north of Wealthy Street had allowed a slow trickle of river water to flow into a vacant lot.
By late Monday afternoon, city crews had sandbagged the cracks.
Just south of that crack, a small deck area behind Exodus Place, which is a transitional center for men down on their luck, flooded.
However, the building doesn't have a basement and there were no signs that water had gotten inside.
Mayor Heartwell told 24 Hour News 8 that the flood walls were of primary concern to the city.
"We want to be sure they hold up," Heartwell said, minutes after stepping out of a meeting at the city's Emergency Operations Center at the Grand Rapids Police Department.
Heartwell said that along the miles of retaining walls designed to keep flood water out of the central city that were checked, most of the cracks that were found were more of a nuisance than an emergency.
The bigger concerns remained in downtown Grand Rapids.
In buildings near the river, the record rainfall and flooding have caused hydro pressure to push water up through cracks in basement floors.
At the Amway Grand Plaza, crews spent Monday pumping thousands of gallons of water out of the building's basement, and were doing the same in other riverfront buildings.
Crews also worked on Monday to inspect the foundation walls in downtown buildings, even though the river was beginning to recede.
"If a flood wall somewhere gives way over the course of the next couple of days even as the water recedes, we have a huge flooding problem," Heartwell said.
Wind chills will be in -10 to +10, and snowfall totals in the 1- to 3-inch range.
A memorial marker was unveiled for three young siblings who died in an apartment fire 10 months ago.
Kent County leaders told 24 Hour News 8 they weren't surprised by Gary Rolls Jr.'s resignation from the Kent County Commission Thursday, but those that would comment were happy with the decision.