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Many offer their services to flood victims

Apr 24th, 2013 - Local News

— The rain-swollen Grand River in West Michigan is receding from record-setting levels as work takes place to clean up from flooding.

Weather officials say the river at Grand Rapids has fallen about 2 feet since cresting and is expected to fall below flood stage Thursday.

The Fulton Street bridge over the river in Grand Rapids is open Wednesday after being closed Tuesday. Power lines on the bridge's underside were shut off Sunday, and there was concern about possible damage.

The lines were turned back on Tuesday.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from homes. It's expected to take about a week before the Grand River drops back within its banks.

West Michigan residents who may need help recovering from flood damage can contact the West Michigan United Way's 2-1-1 program. The program has 24-hour service and operators can put flood victims in touch with contractors and suppliers who can help with cleanup.

An Internet company in Grand Rapids is offering free, temporary work space to small businesses that have been displaced by flooding. Iserv says they want to open unused work space at the company's headquarters and data center to assist other businesses that may be in need.

The Red Cross is still available to help but they are closing some of their shelters. For more information you can go to redcross.org.

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