GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The sunny skies on Saturday helped brighten the mood of those cleaning up from last winter and last week's flooding.
In Grandville Saturday, the Chamber of Commerce led the cleanup efforts of neighbors helping each other out.
"When the needs of our community arise, we love to be able to come in and help out," Sandy LeBlanc said.
"They're absolutely wonderful. I can't believe they're doing this for me. They're doing it for everybody, but to come out and do this for me, it's just amazing," homeowner Mark DiTrapini said.
The rain left nearly a foot of water standing in DiTrapini's basement just off of Buck Creek. With the carpets soaked to ruin and that moldy smell starting to settle in, he was in desperate need of help.
City Council members Richard Vanderloos and Steve Maas ditching the suits to get down and dirty and lend a hand.
"Everybody just pulling together. Many hands make light work," Maas said.
At the same time in Grand Rapids, an army of volunteers gathered at St. Mary's Catholic Church for final instructions; before fanning out for the 5th annual West Side Community Clean Up.
"We've got kids out here and we don't want dirty streets. So just trying to make a difference," volunteer Cedrick Macon said.
"Here on the west side, because we had this flooding on the river, it just intensified the effort and we've just been amazed that so many people came out," organizer Erica Curry Vanee said.
Armed with trash picking tools, buckets and gloves, the Saturday crews cleaned up areas littered with trash and garbage.
A donation account has been set up to help the family with its search to find a missing loved one.
Wind chills will be in the single figures Thursday, with snowfall totals in the 1- to 3-inch range.
The passenger in a pickup truck that slid off U.S. 31 and rolled over told 24 Hour News 8 that watching the video of the crash is "heart-wrenching."