Grand River water level recedes


The National Weather Service reports the Grand River is receding toward flood stage in Grand Rapids as the area dries out following recent flooding.

The weather service said late Thursday morning that the river at Grand Rapids last was at 18.35 feet, just above its 18-foot flood stage.

Flood warnings are in effect in parts of West Michigan and mid Michigan, but the weather service says some of those could be downgraded later the day.

The river crested around a record high of 21.85 feet in Grand Rapids earlier this week.

Officials say about 700 were evacuated in Kent County, not including about 1,000 evacuated from downtown Grand Rapids' Plaza Towers.

As of Wednesday, about 150 people of the Kent County total were allowed back home.

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