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Grand Rapids survives worst flood in West Michigan's history

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Residents in the city of Grand Rapids are breathing a sigh of relief Tuesday after the city fared well in what is now considered the worst flood in west Michigan's history.

The Grand River crested Sunday night at just less than 22 feet.

City officials say flood walls held up, keeping the water back.

"Because we were pro-active, we were able to weather the storm," said Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell.

Crews are pumping out water from several downtown buildings.

Even with the preparations, the flooding caused millions of dollars in damage.

 

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