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    Posted April 20, 2013 by
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
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    BREAKING NEWS: Michigan Floods Cause City Emergencies


    GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Mayors across the West Michigan area declare a State of Emergency in the wake of record flooding in the next day. They are concerned about hotels in downtown Grand Rapids, MI the historic boat in Lowell, MI and most importantly the thousands of residents that are being effected. Homes are flooded, businesses are soaked and it's only expected to get worse.


    The City of Lowell, MI has declared a State of Emergency as the Grand River continues to rise. Main Street east of the Flat River is closed, and drivers are encouraged to take an alternate route:


    From Kent County: If you're going from M-21, go north on Alden Nash or Hudson Street to Vergennes, east on Vergennes to Flat River, turn left on Flat River to Whites Bridge Rd. and turn south to get back to M-21.


    From Ionia County: Take M-21 to Whites Bridge north to Sayles, turn left then take Flat River to Vergennes and go west on Vergennes.


    Mayor declares a State of Emergency in Grand Rapids. They are concerned about hotels downtown. Water is getting into basements.


    Flooding has occurred on public and private property and within local streets, right-of-ways, and a variety of locations within the city. Saturday morning, the Plaza Towers building was evacuated as flood waters entered the basement of the building.


    The National Weather Service says this will be a record setting event. The water is expected to recede early next week. The forecast show even more rain in the future, which scares some officials.


    Stay tune.

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