Some Downtown GR Offices Moving Back After Flood

Posted at 1:40 PM, Apr 23, 2013

Fish in window grand rapids floodingGRAND RAPIDS, Mich,– It certainly hasn’t been business as usual, but things are slowly getting back to normal for Anderson Eye Care. The doctor’s office with a river level view has had to evacuate because of flooding along the Grand River.

You’ve likely seen the pictures everywhere by now. The view out Doctor Gary Anderson’s river level office Downtown show fish, supposed to be swimming in the river 20 feet below, at one point were staring right back at him.

“We watched it come up and come up and it’s a bit ominous as you watch because you don’t know what it’s going to do when it gets to the window,” said Dr. Anderson.  “The building is designed to hold it back but you don’t know.”

Dr. Anderson had to move most his office, which included about a half million dollars’ worth of equipment, to the floors above when the windows started to leak. They will have to replace carpet and treat drywall for mildew.

For several days, his staff worked out of boxes. And, it meant Dr. Anderson had to cancel appointments and lose some business during the evacuation.

But Tuesday, they will begin moving some things back downstairs.

“We’ll be able to start seeing patients by tomorrow or Thursday.”

So what does he think of all the pictures from his office making national news?

“A lot of phone calls and Facebook messages and a lot of encouragement so that’s great,” said Dr. Anderson

He said it will still be a couple of weeks before they move the exam rooms back downstairs. They want to make sure everything is properly sanitized.