Heartwell: We weathered the storm

7:33 AM, Apr 23, 2013   |    comments
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Flooding in downtown Grand Rapids, April 21, 2013. (Courtesy Dustin Moroski)

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Mayor George Heartwell says Grand Rapids fared relatively well after the Grand River hit a historic crest of 21.85 feet last Sunday.

Heartwell said Monday the worst appears to be over but he's watching the river very closely. He credited the flood walls for keeping the water back.

But not all of the city was unscathed. The Plaza Towers basement and underground parking garage is filled with 1.3 million gallons of water. The high-rise-- the second tallest in the city-- is still without power after the floodwater blew out a generator. There's no word yet when residents will be allowed back into their homes.

Mayor Heartwell says despite water in the basements of a few riverfront buildings, the water treatment plant remained online and the water is slowly going down.

"Today, it's about four inches down. Good it's receding down," said Heartwell.

The mayor and city manager credited the city's infrastructure, like the flood walls and the storm water system.

"Our ability to hold back these flood waters was no accident," said Heartwell. "Because we were pro-active, we were able to weather the storm."

Heartwell is still asking residents to conserve water and of course stay out of the river.

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