Northside flooding concerns residents

Grand Haven officials hope to get to the bottom of a soggy issue in the city’s north-end neighborhood.
Alex Doty
Oct 11, 2013

 

“Many residents felt construction activities (at Grand Landing) were impacting the groundwater flow and flooding their residences,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said.

A number of residents spoke out at a recent meeting of the city's Planning Commission to express their concerns over the water issue. They said that once the condos and other developments rose at the Grand Landing site, so did the water levels when it rained.

“I was a little surprised at the Planning Commission public hearing when this came up,” City Councilman Bob Monetza said. “We need to know what this is before we proceed with further construction.”

Monetza was a city planning commissioner when the first phase of Grand Landing was proposed.

To try and get to the bottom of the issue, the city has hired the engineering firm of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber to conduct a $6,000 study that will:

— Review Michigan Department of Environmental Quality historic files to determine the range of water level variations that are known to have existed prior to site redevelopment.

— Review design/construction drawings for the Grand Landing structural foundations, the pre-Grand Landing and post-Grand Landing underground utility construction, and the location and design of the environmental slurry wall located immediately north of the Grand Landing site.

— Meet and visit nearby homeowners who have made wet basement complaints to evaluate recent and present conditions.

— Evaluate and summarize the information gathered during steps 1-3 and provide recommendations.

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Comments

Say no to new taxes

This paper needs to do a much better job covering both the city council and planning commission meetings. These meetings, and what's said at them, have a large effect on ALL residents regardless of which neighborhood you live in. More and better coverage is sorely needed to make this a better publication which will get the paper more subscribers.

gordbzz231

what many people dont know is that from the north side of the river,at grand landing development up to Jackson street is in the 100 year flood plain according to fema, i lived near Adams and 5th street and was required to obtain flood insurance, then again some of my neighbors didn't know anything about this, any heavy rains you bound to get water in the basement or under the house, no way around and the water has no where to go when water tables get high, in 1986 i had 2 feet of water in my yard and the street, really, construction has nothing to do with under ground water flow in my opinion

gordbzz231

the city has hired the engineering firm of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber to conduct a $6,000 study that will:

— Review Michigan Department of Environmental Quality historic files to determine the range of water level variations that are known to have existed prior to site redevelopment. you can get the information from fema at no cost, just look it up or call them, any construction company that deals with wet plains should know how to deal with wet environments and should be in the initial report when they where doing ground tests a few years back, get with it people

 

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