GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Volunteers continue to fill sandbags in Grand Rapids.
Over the last three days, according to Brian Klebbe from the City of Grand Rapids Human Resources, 1,000 volunteers have helped fill sandbags.
"This is fantastic. Three days of this. It's really fun," Klebbe said. "This is our city. The support has been great."
More than 300 volunteers showed up at 201 Market Avenue SW Sunday morning to fill sandbags, according to the City of Grand Rapids. They were filling 6,000 bags with sand each hour.
Another 50,000 sandbags were delivered to the Market Avenue location to be filled Sunday. A second wave of volunteers may be needed in the afternoon to relieve those who worked all morning.
Some of the helpers don't even live within the city boundaries. Angie Kabzban lives in Sparta. She brought her 5-year-old son Cody to help fill sandbags.
"It's a good example for him how to help our others," she explained.
Now Cody Kabzban is helping work in the largest sandbox he's ever seen.
"I've never done this before," Cody said. "It makes me feel good."
No one's seen the river this swollen in 109 years. The Grand River is expected to crest around 22 feet late Sunday night or early Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Both Cody and fellow volunteer Hannah Cate, age 4, agreed that's a lot of water.
"We saw that on TV today," Hannah said.
"It was really high," said Cody.
Anyone who wishes to donate money to help pay for food for the volunteers can call Elizabeth White at 616.456.3054.
The sandbags are being offered to the public for free and can be picked up at that back of 201 Market Avenue. Households are limited to 100 bags each.
The City of Grand Rapids has declared a State of Emergency, though Mayor George Heartwell said the downtown flood walls are expected to hold.
If you see a manhole cover or sewer grate that has been compromised, you should call Grand Rapids' sewer maintenance facility at 616.456.3246. If you see flooded streets, Grand Rapids asks you to call 456.3232.
Residents are also asked to reduce unnecessary water use -- like avoiding running the dishwasher or doig the laundry -- to ease stress on the city's already taxed water system.
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