Flooding issue is a mystery

The results are in regarding questions of why flooding has occurred in the neighborhood surrounding Grand Landing.
Alex Doty
Feb 26, 2014

“The summary of the whole report is that there is not a smoking gun,” Grand Haven Public Works Director Bill Hunter said. “There’s a lot of possibilities, but nothing that says (it caused it).”

City Manager Pat McGinnis said the study was sparked by some area residents who spoke at recent meetings of the city’s Planning Commission.

“Several residents showed up over the last several months suggesting there were groundwater issues related to the Grand Landing development,” he said.

In September 2013, the city commissioned the engineering firm Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber to evaluate groundwater level conditions near the north-end development in a hydrologic study.

Hunter thought the engineering firm did a great job on the study, in which they gathered existing data about water conditions and interviewed local residents. He noted that nearly 60 letters were sent to residents, with 11 people providing feedback.

The report indicates that it cannot be determined if factors other than natural variations in the rainfall and water level in the Grand River and Lake Michigan contribute to the concerns.

Of the five concerns found in the study, the paving of Adams Street and reconstructed sanitary sewer lines beneath the surface could have impacted groundwater levels in that area, partially contributing to wet basements and yard floods.

“I think that it is just naturally occurring what we’re dealing with right there,” Hunter said.

With that in mind, city officials say they don’t think any new development at the site will exasperate the problem.

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Comments

bigdeal

the end of the longest river in Michigan has areas we call floodplains. There is a reason it is called that. duh, just saved you buco $$$.
Heck, they could have read Wikipedia for their answers...
(Grand River) has several dams along its length but is a trout and salmon stream for much of its length. It is estimated that 22% of the pesticide usage in the Lake Michigan watershed occurs in the Grand River drainage, which accounts for only 13% of the lake's total watershed. >>>Much of the basin is flat, and it contains many swamps and lakes.<<<

spellright

Exacerbate, please. Not exasperate.

bigdeal

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

Say no to new taxes

Watch what happens when the rest of that development gets built.

Real estate maven

You don't have much to worry about. That white elephant will be sitting empty for a long long time.

ghresident

There was issues when Weavers iron and metal and the other business's where there......Nothings changed.

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