GRNow Weekly Preview April 22-28, 2013 E-mail

Kenny Chesney visits Van Andel Arena this week, plus a Charity Beer Run is planned to help those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings, ArtPrize reveals its 2013 poster and Berlin Raceway looks to finally host its season opener.


ArtPrize 2013 Poster Released E-mail
The poster for ArtPrize 2013 has been released:

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Flood Update - April 22, 2013 9:55 a.m. E-mail
The Fulton Street Bridge has been reopened with lane open in each direction. There are still a number of road and bridge closures; here's the list. According to the U.S. Geological Society, the Grand River has crested at 21.85ft and is now slowly receding. By next Sunday, April 29, the organization is predicting the river will be down to the 11 to 13ft range.

April 21 photos of the flood.
Flood Update - April 21, 2013 12:10 p.m. - Fulton Street Bridge Closed E-mail

The Fulton Street Bridge has been closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic. According to the City of Grand Rapids, "As a preventive measure, Consumers Energy will be re-routing power from two high-voltage electric distribution lines attached to the bridge which serve the downtown area. This involves de-energizing the power lines. Concerns include not only the rising water, but debris in the river that could compromise the electric lines and damage the bridge. This process is not expected to interrupt electric service to any downtown customers. Once the lines are de-energized later today by Consumers Energy, the City will coordinate efforts to safely remove debris from the bridge piers."

The Grand River downtown is still predicted to crest at 22.7ft on Monday morning.

April 21 photos of the flood.
Flooding Update - April 20, 2013, 3:45 p.m. E-mail
The City of Grand Rapids has declared a State of Emergency "after considerate assessment of the flood waters and any potential infrastructure damage that may be sustained in the City". The declaration will help the process attaining state and federal funds if necessary.

Hundreds of volunteers have helped fill sandbags, however more are still needed. Citizens who would like to help continue filling sandbags can do so Sunday, April 21 at 8 a.m. at the Public Services building located at 201 Market Ave SW. More info available at

At 3:32 p.m. today, the Grand River was at 21.17 feet and is still predicted to crest at 22.7ft around 2 a.m. on Monday morning.
Flooding Update - April 20, 2013, 9:50 a.m. E-mail
Good news regarding the Grand River flooding; as of 4 a.m. this morning, it's now predicted to crest at about 22.7ft instead of 24.8 as previously thought on Thursday. There are still some road and bridge closures in the city, including the Sixth Street Bridge and the off ramps to Market on I-196. For updated info, check out
Flooding Update - April 19, 2013 1:25 p.m. E-mail

Volunteers are helping keep the river at bay around the Public Museum. If you'd like to help, visit The page features volunteer opportunites through WMEAC, updates from the City of GR and road closures.

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Flooding Update - April 18, 2013 at 1:45 p.m. E-mail
The City of Grand Rapids just hosted a press conference with the Red Cross and Salvation Army with updates concerning the latest flood-related issues.

Currently, the Grand River is at 18.2 ft and is expected to crest on Sunday at 24.8 ft, less than a foot below 100 year levels. The flood wall downtown expected to hold up to 26 ft, so officials at this point don't believe the Grand will flow over that.

The GR waste water treatment facility has been sandbagged with a four foot high berm. Pumps have been installed at key locations to minimize back flow.

The Red Cross has set up shelters in Wyoming and Ionia, and will add more in Lowell, Kentwood and Alpine. The Salvation Army will have mobile canteens with food, water and blankets ready.

Grand Rapids Mayor Heartwell has requested citizens to minimize water usage until Monday. The City will have updates daily at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

You can report flooding conditions to the City at 456-3232.

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