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Flood levels slowly decreasing

Apr 23rd, 2013 - State News

— Direct-sales giant Amway Corp. is reopening its West Michigan headquarters complex after closing it for several days in anticipation of flooding.

The company from Saturday to Monday closed the complex where about 4,000 people work in Kent County's Ada Township, outside Grand Rapids.

The company credits 30,000 sandbags placed in the area and concrete berms used to make flood walls with protecting its facilities from the rain-swollen Grand River.

— Floodwaters are receding in Ionia County, which saw days of high water along the rain-swollen Grand River that affected more than 100 homes.

The National Weather Service says the Grand River at Ionia crested on Saturday and is expected to fall below flood stage on Tuesday. The Grand River is expected to remain above flood stage longer in some other parts of the state, including the Grand Rapids area.

Doug Devries, coordinator of the Ionia County emergency management office, tells the Sentinel-Standard of Ionia that officials in the county are "entering the recovery phase." He inspected flood-damaged sites Monday, and said at least 118 homes were affected.

Devries says he expects the number of affected homes to rise as officials collect damage reports from around the county.

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