GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Plaza Towers management says it's not yet known when residents will be allowed back in their homes because water is still being pumped from the building's basement and parking garage.
About 1,000 people were displaced when the flooding caused a generator to blow Saturday morning, sending smoke billowing and shutting down power to the 32-story building that houses the Courtyard by Marriott, apartments and condominiums.
According to a release from Plaza Towers, 1.6 million gallons of water flooded the basement and parking garage of the second-largest building in Grand Rapids. Twenty-four vehicles were damaged in the parking garage.
At least 1.3 million gallons still need to be pumped out. It's not yet known how long that will take, as water continues to flow.
Monday night, Plaza Towers slowed down pumping at the request of city engineers until the Grand River begins to recede. The water removal process will be reassessed in order to provide residents with a more accurate date for when they can return to their homes. That was expected to take several days.
Plaza Towers management has the following updates for residents:
- Any resident with an immediate need or question should call 616.855.3335. For emergency assistance, residents may call Heart of West Michigan United Way at 211.
- Plaza Towers apartment residents will be given a rent credit for the days they are unable to occupy their units as part of their May lease payments.
- Plaza Towers is working to develop a plan to help compensate apartment residents for food that will need to be discarded as a result of a lack of refrigeration. That plan should be announced in the next few days.
Plaza Towers management and city officials will provide an update on the water removal process during a news conference at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Watch live here .
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