Flood wall, river walk repairs needed

12:17 AM, Apr 23, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The Grand River crest has moved downstream from Grand Rapids and the river is slowly starting to fall at an expected rate of one foot per day. When the river returns to a normal level, recovery work will be needed downtown.

Mayor George Heartwell says the flood walls held up for the most part but there are some weak, cracked areas. "We had teams out under the supervision of Fire Chief Knapp looking for any weak spots in the flood walls. We've identified those spots now, we've marked them and we will need to get in and make repairs," said Heartwell.

The mayor added that the receding flood waters will also uncover things like bank erosion and damage to the city's river walk. And then there's the overall cleanup.

Heartwell hopes the volunteers who filled sandbags will pitch in once again. "In the coming weeks and months as the flood waters recede, the amazing commitment shown by Grand Rapidians and West Michiganders will be needed again to help us restore some of these damaged areas."

The mayor used Riverside park as an example of an area that will need volunteer help. The park is almost completely under water.

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