GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) - The sewer system in Grandville is at capacity, according to local Public Works.
City officials said the system has never taken in so much water at once. Part of the problem, they said, was illegal hookups to the system, which is common.
The City is asking residents to reduce water use as much as possible by avoiding doing dishes or washing clothes and reducing bathing and other discretionary use. They are also asked to reduce any content poured down drains.
There is no problem with drinking water quality.
Residents with low-lying basements may see sewer water come up floor drains, depending upon elevation. That water is diluted, but does have human waste in it.
The wastewater plant is making some changes to try to process more water.
The system serves the City of Grandville, Georgetown Township, City of Hudsonville and portions of Jamestown and Blendon Townships in Ottawa County.
Additionally, Buck Creek in Grandville is rising and water is getting close to houses. Authorities are trying to get sandbags to creekside residents east of Ivanrest Avenue and Basswood Drive SW. Anyone traveling to the area is advised to avoid Ivanrest, which is shut down in the 3400 block, and instead take Wilson Avenue SW to 40th Street or 44th Street SW.
The current flooding conditions have caused the following streets to be closed in Grandville:
- Ivanrest at Buckcreek
- 34 Street (Ivanrest to Wayburn)
- 44th at Kenowa
- Sanford south of Busch
- Basswood north Shady Oaks
- Shady Oaks east of Basswood
- Spartan Industrial Drive at Pine Creek
- Fairlanes south of Chicago Drive
- Franklin (2900 Block)
- White to Division
- Carlton Park at Elwood
- Canal Street and Wilson Street bridges over Buck Creek are threatening to be flooded.
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