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Flooding Brings Contamination and Infrastructure Damage to West Michigan

Posted at 10:34 PM, Apr 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-23 23:21:54-04

ottawa floodingOTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.- Contaminated waters surround West Michigan, but what is the water doing to the infrastructure of our towns?

Ottawa County Water Resources Commissioner, Joe Bush says  “There’s a lot of soil and sedimentation and erosion problems in our main drains in Ottawa county right now, that’s some of the destruction you’ll see.”

That doesn’t help with the contamination either.  The health department believes there is E. coli and salmonella in flood waters and the Grand River.

Tuesday night, Beth Thomas, Director of Ottawa County Emergency Management said the county is assessing the damage and looking to come up with a price tag.  That’s the first step in possibly receiving government aid.

But Thomas says, “Part of the problem at this point is the flood waters are still there and they haven’t receded entirely so there could be hidden damage.”

Tuesday, the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to continue their state of emergency.