The flood of April 2013
My hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan is experiencing record flooding right now, due to heavy rainfall this month.
This is from a local meteorologist’s blog about how much rain we’ve had.
“Officially, Thursday, April 2013 is the wettest April calendar day in Grand Rapids weather history with 3.3″ of rain. We’ had 14 days in a row with measurable rain (Saturday we had a trace of snow). We’ve had 9.84 of rain in 14 days, setting a record for the most rain ever in any April. Serious flooding has shut down dozens of roads and flooded hundreds of basements. Record flooding is occurring on the Grand River in Kent Co.”
So on my way back from a day spent chasing birds in Muskegon, Michigan, I stopped off on my way home and shot a few photos of downtown Grand Rapids. This also gave me a chance to try out my new EF S 15-85 mm lens.
That’s the Sixth Street dam under all that water. This is what it looks like normally.
The river crested today, and is just starting to fall, good news for every one living near the river. Several of the Hotels and condo buildings downtown had to be evacuated, the building that my friend Mike lives in is one of them.
The good news is that the river is going down, the bad news is that it may be a week or more before the damage is repaired, and people will be able to return to their homes. Mike is lucky, he lives on the 23rd floor, so his belongings are high and dry, not so for many other people who will return to homes filled with slimy, stinky river mud.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!