Apr 23rd, 2013 - Local News
The Grand River has flooded homes in several west Michigan communities. The river crested in Grand Rapids last night. The Grand River will continue to rise down stream and Robinson Township in Ottawa County should crest by later today.
Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell declared a state of emergency over the weekend as the city was dealing with rising flood water. Heartwell estimates the city will spend at least $500,000 on flood defenses.
Volunteers gathered to fill sandbags to try and protect area buildings. A 6-foot-high sand berm was built around the Grand Rapids waste-water treatment plant to protect the facility from area flood-waters. The facility serves 300,000 customers in the city and 14 communities.
Hundreds of people fled their homes. The Plaza Towers downtown Grand Rapids had to be evacuated and the power was shut off. Ground water pressure began to build and water flooded the basements of several buildings including the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and JW Marriott. Pumps were used to remove thousands of gallons of water a minutes.
Untreated sewage has been leaked into the Grand River and there is a no-contact advisory for Kent and Ottawa counties.
Officials are urging people to stay out of the Grand River and other waterways that have overflowed their banks. The warning comes after the fire department rescued a kayaker at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids Sunday night.
Dec 10th, 2013 - Local News
GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in western Michigan are looking for two young boys who disappeared with their father during a supervised visit.
The Ottawa County sheriff's departmen...
Dec 9th, 2013 - Local News
(Mlive)- OLIVE TOWNSHIP, MI — An Ottawa County farmer is recovering from injuries received during a farming accident this weekend.
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Dec 10th, 2013 - State News
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The board overseeing the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund is recommending spending nearly $27.7 million on 76 land acquisitions and recreation development projects.
Dec 9th, 2013 - State News
NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — Legislation is being announced that would require Michigan gas stations open after 11 p.m. to have two employees working or to install security cameras.
The bill sched...
Dec 10th, 2013 - National News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal offices in the DC area will be closed Tuesday as a round of snow is expected to hit the region just in time for the morning commute.
On its website, the U.S. Office of P...
Dec 9th, 2013 - National News
— A storm that crept across the country bringing snow, ice and miserable road conditions is heading toward New England as more wintry weather was expected to persist in making it hard on air travele...
Dec 10th, 2013 - International News
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Dec 9th, 2013 - International News
— South Africa's parliament has begun a special session honoring Nelson Mandela.
The session began Monday afternoon in Cape Town, with an announcement that members of Mandela's family were sittin...
Dec 10th, 2013 - Sports News
— East Lansing police say at least 15 people were arrested during a rowdy celebration of Michigan State's victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.
The police department's weeken...
Dec 9th, 2013 - Sports News
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Nov 7th, 2013 - Health News
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The institute, which is funded by insurers, r...
Sep 30th, 2013 - Health News
CHICAGO (AP) — The government's latest infant bed-sharing numbers are out leaving health officials concerned.
The percentage of babies sleeping with parents or another child more than doubled...