Caroline MacGregor April 24, 2013 | WGVU County officials say more time is needed to assess flood damage and the Kent County Board of Commissioners is expected to consider a request for a 30 day extension Thursday during their board meeting.
The county may pursue state or federal funding to help cover damage of public and private property. About 700 residents within Kent County were evacuated from their homes in the past week which does not include residents of the city of Grand Rapids. About 150 of those have returned to their homes. Local authorities are working with families to inspect property for damage.
Lt. Jack Stewart, Emergency Management Coordinator for Kent County says Consumers Energy will make sure it is safe to restore power, and displaced residents will be notified when it is safe to return homes.
A no-contact advisory remains in effect for the Grand River. As far as kayakers and canoeists who insist on venturing out onto the flooded waters, they could face charges from individual communities for the cost of being rescued or even face a citation for actions that place an unnecessary burden on first responders.
Anyone driving around barricades or posted detours on area roads also face getting a ticket.
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