City of Grand Rapids clearing flood debris from Fulton Street bridge archways
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Patrick Center April 22, 2013 | WGVU
“We closed the Fulton Street Bridge as a precaution.”
It’s now the third downtown bridge closed to traffic and pedestrians along with North Park and the Sixth Street Bridge.
Mayor George Heartwell explaining water is within a foot of the arches and accumulating debris is threatening the city’s fiber optic cables and Consumers Energy power lines.
“A significant danger to people on the bridge, danger of electrocution.”
There are four high-voltage power lines energized with 46,000 volts at risk to debris.
Roger Morgenstern is with Consumer Energy.
“We’re rerouting the power so that the customers will not be affected. The power will stay on downtown. That is our expectation.”
While the lights will stay on, a number of downtown residents and visitors have been asked to move out of buildings along the river where basements are flooded. Sunday, residents at Forsland Condominium were evacuated. In previous days it was the Plaza Towers Apartments, Park Place Apartment Complex and Courtyard by Marriot.
The mayor is putting out the call for more volunteers to fill sandbags currently being stacked at 6,000 an hour. Residents can pick them up at 201 Market Street SW. While the river is cresting, there’s concern for more rain this week and more sandbags just in case.
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