Flood Update - April 21, 2013 12:10 p.m. - Fulton Street Bridge Closed E-mail
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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 http://grcity.us/Pages/Flood-Information.aspx.

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 http://grcity.us/Pages/Flood-Information.aspx.
 
Flooding Update - April 19, 2013 1:25 p.m. E-mail
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Volunteers are helping keep the river at bay around the Public Museum. If you'd like to help, visit http://grcity.us/Pages/Flood-Information.aspx. 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.

 
GRNow Weekly Preview April 15-21, 2013 E-mail

Coming up this week: the GR Symphony presents Cirque Mechanics, the Griffins host their last regular season game, Monte's presents PROM and the downtown museums will have free admission on Sunday.

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Record-breaking 2013 Meijer Gardens concert series boasts 30 shows E-mail
by John Sinkevics

sherylcrow2 If West Michigan concertgoers thought last year’s hectic 25-show lineup at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park was impressive, the 2013 summer series is over the top.

With returning stars Steve Miller, Umphrey’s McGee, Wynton Marsalis, Lyle Lovett, Los Lobos and Peter Frampton joining first-timers Sheryl Crow, Dwight Yoakam, Harry Connick Jr., The Beach Boys, Michael Franti and Grizzly Bear, Meijer Gardens has booked a record 30 summer concerts at the amphitheater, starting with a June 3 show by legendary bluesman B.B. King.

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GRNow Weekly Preview April 8-14, 2013 E-mail

See the work of 300+ local artists on Friday evening as Art.Downtown. and SiTE:LAB return, plus the Griffins get ready to close out their season, Henry Rollins visit the Orbit Room and the Whitecaps continue their homestand.

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