Flood walls containing in GR, but bridges shut down

8:05 PM, Apr 21, 2013   |    comments
Fulton Street Bridge - Sunday
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - All eyes remain on the Grand River night, including Mayor George Heartwell's, who is saw the water levels from the sky for the first time.  Sunday afternoon, the mayor was in a Michigan State Police helicopter to review the flood damage, just after giving a news conference with the latest updates.  Mayor Heartwell says the good news is that the flood walls are holding up, but several area bridges had to be shut down because of various water issues.

The Fulton Street bridge was closed Sunday night before reopening just before 5:00 a.m. Monday because debris threatened power lines underneath the bridge, which supplies electricity to downtown businesses.  The bridge will be down to one lane in each direction for debris clean up starting at nine Monday morning.

"If debris were to hit that and knock those lines off or break those open, there could be a significant danger of electrocution, as a result we closed the bridge," says Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell.

"We are rerouting the power so customers aren't effected and power will stay on downtown," says Roger Morgenstern, a spokesman for Consumers Energy.

The Sixth Street Bridge in Grand Rapids and the North Park Bridge in Comstock Park have also been shut down because of water related issues.  While crews work around the clock, Mayor Heartwell is thankful the flood walls are also doing their job.

"They're holding well, there's not deterioration or damage of the flood walls. They are high enough during this historic flood," says Mayor Heartwell.

The Grand River crested in Grand Rapids at 2 a.m. Monday.  Mayor Heartwell will hold another news conference on Monday with more updates.


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