Portland businesses pledge resiliency despite flooding


PORTLAND, Mich. (WOOD)  — Downtown businesses that were damaged after this week’s ice jam hope people will remember to shop small once they’re able to reopen. 

The ice jam caused the Grand River to spill over its banks in Ionia County on Wednesday, flooding the basements of six businesses that back up to the river on Kent Street. 

As of Saturday, that number has jumped to 17. 

Tina Conner-Wellman, executive director of MI Portland Downtown, tells 24 Hour News 8 her group is working to ensure those businesses remain supported. 

“The more we can do to get out there and support them, which in turn supports all of their employees and staff, the more we can bring our community back together and start thriving again,” Conner-Wellman said. 

Conner-Wellman is encouraging people to help the businesses impacted by the flooding by shopping in the area. 

The hope was to launch an event this weekend, but additional damage Friday postponed an organized effort. She will post updates on the Mi Downtown Portland Facebook page as the recovery progresses.

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