Flooding and evacuations will continue through the weekend - Apr 19th, 2013 - Local
More flooding is being seen throughout southern Michigan. The National Weather Service says soils are saturated from recent heavy rains and more flooding and evacuations are expected to continue through the weekend.
Grand Rapids is preparing for possible serious flooding as the Grand River is expected to crest at 24.76 feet by Sunday evening. That crest would be a record high.
There have been evacuations. Thursday night Park Place Apartments near 28th Street & Eastern Avenue was under water from Plaster Creek. Earlier in the day a Grandville retirement community was evacuated. Many residents of Brookcrest Retirement Community were moved to Sunset Manor and Villages in Jenison.
The Red Cross has set up more shelters. For more information: redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
There is a concern that the flooding could impact the waste-water treatment plant and officials are asking people to conserve water use. Sand bags are being filled at the Water Treatment Plant at 660 Market Avenue SW in Grand Rapids. They started filling them at 8 a.m. and will continue until the bags have been filled.
Sandbags are available at the Public Works Department in Wyoming at 2660 Burlingame Avenue.