GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A local state of emergency has been extended for the City of Grand Rapids through Tuesday, April 30.
Mayor George Heartwell issued the original state of emergency on Saturday, April 20, just one day before the Grand River crested at 21.85 feet in downtown Grand Rapids. The flood stage for the Grand River there is 18 feet.
The flooding was so severe that it affected many neighborhoods that had never had flooding issues in the past.
The flooding also forced about 1,000 residents living in Plaza Towers along the Grand to evacuate after floodwater entered the building's basement and power had to be shut off to the entire building.
As of Friday afternoon, those residents still couldn't return home, but according to the Plaza Towers' Facebook page, the majority of the water had been pumped out of the basement.
Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom said that the state of emergency extension would allow city staffers more time to complete damage assessments.
Next Tuesday, Grand Rapids city commissioners will consider whether an additional extension is needed.
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