Drone Videos Show Rising Floodwaters in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids city officials have an eye in the sky this week as they monitor what could become record flooding on the Grand River. 

The fire department dispatched its new drone Thursday, Feb. 22, to survey the river as a part of the city’s response plan. Thursday in Grand Rapids the river had not yet reached flood stage — but upstream in Comstock Park, the river had flooded multiple homes in low-lying areas, as the video shows. Residents there packed up their belongings Tuesday.

Friday morning the Grand River reached flood stage in Grand Rapids: 18 feet. 

The river is expected to continue to rise until 1 a.m. Feb. 25, when the National Weather Service projects a crest of 21.3 feet. The river’s historic crest in Grand Rapids was 21.85 feet in 2013. 

City officials will continue to monitor the river with the fire department’s drone over the weekend.

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