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Big Rapids City Commission receive storm damage assessments

The Big Rapids City Commission received an update on storm damage that occurred last week in the area.


Big Rapids DPS deputy Director Steve Schroeder told commissioners damage assessments are still ongoing but they have identified five businesses, one school property, one apartment complex and two residences affected by the flooding.


Public Works Director Heather Bowman says initial assessments show the cost of repairs from the flooding will be in the millions.

 

"First and foremost is Mitchell Creek, it was full of water.  We've lost three picnic tables, the foot bridge that goes over the creek was found Monday, the asphalt walkway that goes up to the downtown area has been damaged by the waters, we lost two garbage cans and the rain guard by the parking lot has been destroyed." Bowman said. "Crews will be out at the Clay Cliffs area due to the damage that happened over there.  The parking lot at the pool was damaged and needs to be repaired. We have been in contact with the Mecosta County Drain Commissioner to assess damage to Ives Drain and the Woodward Ave culvert erosion issues."

 

Bowman also addressed damaged culverts:


"Baldwin Street over the Muskegon River assessment is in the ballpark of $10,000-$15,000.” she said. “Pine Street over Mitchell Creek assessment is between $10,000-$15,000, Michigan Street over Mitchell Creek assessment is $30,000-$40,000 and the last one, Hemlock Street over Mitchell Creek is between $2-million to $2.2-million dollars." Bowman said.


Officials are looking into a number of grants to help offset the costs. Both the city and county declared a state of emergency due to the area flooding.

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