GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Construction crews removed some big debris Monday that built up in the Grand River along the Fulton Street Bridge in Grand Rapids due to the flooding.
The Bridge closed around 9 a.m. Sunday and reopened around 11:30 p.m. with one lane of traffic in each direction.
According to officials from Consumers Energy, the Bridge was closed due to fears about four electric cables that run underneath the bridge possibly being hit by huge pieces of debris that are flowing down the river. Each cable carries 46,000 volts of electricity in it and they collectively power most of downtown with the exception of hospitals.
Kent County Road Commission crews clawed large debris like parts of trees, docks and even a picnic table. MDOT engineers are in charge of the bridge, but contract out work to Kent County.
"There's all kind of junk," Kent County Road Commission Director Jerry Byrne said.
"We'll do a visual inspection of our conduit. We are concerned," Consumers Energy spokesperson Roger Morgenstern said at a press conference Monday. "With the debris going down in such a fast rate through the river we want to make sure there's no damage."
Morgenstern said an initial inspection revealed no problems, but inspectors will know for sure whether the lines are fine Tuesday.
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