Grand River Now Below Flood Stage at Grand Rapids

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- The National Weather Service says the Grand River has receded within its banks in Grand Rapids, where the effects of flooding are still keeping hundreds of people out of their homes.

The weather service says the river at Grand Rapids was 0.1 feet below flood stage at 7 p.m. Thursday. Flood stage is 18 feet, and the river crested about 3.9 feet over that earlier this week.

The river remains 2.7 feet above flood stage upstream at Comstock Park in Kent County's Plainfield Township. Flood stage there is 12 feet.

Officials say about 1,700 people were evacuated in Kent County, including about 1,000 residents of downtown Grand Rapids' Plaza Towers. At least 150 have returned home.

The county commission voted Thursday to extend a state of emergency for 30 days.

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