Crews work to reopen flooded Grand Rapids tower
Crews pump floodwaters from Grand Rapids tower; about 1,000 who live there await return home
Owners of a 32-story Grand Rapids residential building evacuated because of flooding from the rain-swollen Grand River are working to pump water from the facility.
The Grand Rapids Press reports Eenhoorn LLC is working with city officials, contractors and engineers on plans to return about 1,000 residents to their homes at Plaza Towers.
Water is being pumped from a parking garage beneath the hotel, apartment and condominium complex, which was evacuated April 20. Officials need to drain the basement and reactivate the electrical, plumbing and fire suppression systems. They plan to work through the weekend.
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Residents are expected to be allowed escorted access on Friday and Saturday to the facility.
The Grand River dropped back beneath flood stage Thursday. Elsewhere in Kent County, several hundred people remain evacuated.
Grand River picture courtesy of WOOD-TV.
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