Grand Rapids high rise evacuated after flooding

Here is a view from the riverfront floor of a home office building near the Amway Hotel in Grand Rapids, taken Saturday, April 20th. It may look like an aquarium but it is actually the Grand River seen through a room window on the floor.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Hundreds of people have fled their homes in one of western Michigan's tallest residential buildings after water from the flooding Grand River poured into the basement of the Plaza Towers and Courtyard Marriott. (

) says the flood waters led to the cutoff of power to the 32-story building Saturday.

The National Weather Service says the river was 3.8 feet above flood stage and rising Sunday.

Water also has flooded the basements of other major buildings along the river, including the JW Marriott and Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

People have been busy filling and stacking sandbags around the Grand Rapids Public Museum, threatened by rising water.

Other neighborhoods around Grand Rapids also are flooded, and Mayor George Heartwell has declared a state of emergency in Michigan's second-largest city.

The weather service says the river at Comstock Park is 0.2 feet below its all-time high, and it forecasts the level will crest above that record Sunday or Monday. Farther downstream, the Grand River was 3.8 feet over flood stage in Grand Rapids and 3.3 feet over at Ottawa County's Robinson Township.