Grand Rapids, Michigan – The Grand Rapids River is not the most scenic in the world, but it’s a river, it’s beautiful, and it’s fun. 

For the uninitiated, the Grand River is a network of riverbanks that connects to the rest of the Great Lakes and runs through the Grand Haven community of Grand Rapids. 

The river flows through the city of Grand Haven, where the Grand Parade, the annual celebration of the city’s rich heritage, takes place every year. 

As the Grand Lakes rise and fall, it brings in water from Lake Huron, a tributary of the Missouri River, which forms part of the Gulf of Mexico. 

When the Grand is dry, the river is a tinderbox, with water flowing downhill into Lake Michigan. 

Water that has never before touched the Grand has a tendency to start fires, and a number of communities have reported an increase in river flooding over the last several years.

The Grand Rapids Water Authority has issued a number more advisories and regulations on water use, and the Grand Prix is currently under a mandatory 10-day boil-off rule for all water used for municipal water.

There are a lot of reasons why the Grand and the city are seeing more flooding and flooding issues, but one of the biggest reasons is the lack of a coordinated response from city leaders. 

What is happening?

Grand Rapids is seeing an increase of river flooding in some areas, with many communities reporting a increase in the amount of water used to fill water tanks.

A lot of people don’t realize this, but the Grand in Grand Rapids contains about 70% of the total volume of water in the entire Great Lakes. 

It’s a major water source, and there are a number issues with the Grand’s water supply.

The Grand River has a lot going for it.

It’s one of four major rivers in the Great Plains, the others are the Mississippi, the Missouri, and Lake Hurst. 

At its most pristine, the water from the Grand can hold up to 60,000 cubic feet of water, and that water has been flowing downhill for years, resulting in a number flooding problems in the area. 

Many communities along the river have reported significant flooding issues and have even seen water levels rise from 1,000 to 3,000 feet in some cases. 

But now, it seems that the Grand isn’t the only river that’s experiencing an uptick in flooding, and Grand Rapids city leaders are stepping up to help. 

In a recent statement, Grand Rapids City Councilwoman Lori Lamm said, “It is my understanding that the water level in Grand Haven is approximately 3,200 feet higher than normal this year due to the heavy rainfall and increased river flooding caused by climate change.” 

The city has put together a plan to improve the water supply, and Lamm has promised to continue working with the city to find solutions to these issues.

Lamm also pointed out that there are already a number measures in place to address the flooding issues. 

“We are currently working to establish a collaborative group to address these water issues and address their impact on the community,” she said. 

Lamm added that the city is also working with other water agencies to ensure that all water sources are protected from the effects of climate change. 

According to Lamm, the city plans to install two pumps on the city streets to divert water away from the city. 

And the city has also been working with local business owners to install flood insurance, which includes a flood protection plan. 

If you or someone you know needs help dealing with flooding, please contact the Grand Falls Emergency Management Team at 517-848-0222.

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