$200M sought for flood protection in West Michigan

Associated Press

Grand Rapids — Officials want about $200 million from the federal government to help pay for flood-protection measures in western Michigan.

In partnership with the state, The Grand Rapids Press reports Grand Rapids and several other local governments in Kent County devised “The Grand Strategy” in hopes of winning a share of $1 billion in a National Disaster Resilience Competition.

The strategy incorporates several initiatives already taking place and presents them as a comprehensive effort to reduce flood risk. Work includes putting in rain gardens, removing dams, replacing Grand River flood walls with terraces and buying up riverfront land.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. holds public hearings Tuesday on the grant application.

The strategy calls for public purchase of 1,000 flood-prone acres, including several properties along the Thornapple River in Cascade Township.