$4 million needed to improve Grand Rapids flood walls

11:31 PM, Jan 13, 2014   |    comments
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An aerial photo of the flooded Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. (April 20, 2013)

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- City officials want to spend more than $4 million to repair and improve the flood walls along the Grand River.

Engineers spent several months checking the weak points after the floods in April. The river came close to breaching those walls because of the heavy rain.

Officials say more than a dozen gates that keep the water from backing into the sewer system need work, and embankments around the wastewater plant also need to be raised.

The flooding in April caused around $10-million in damage throughout Kent County.

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