Plaza Towers sues city over 2013 flooding

No power at Plaza Towers after the basement parking garage flooded. (April 2013)
No power at Plaza Towers after the basement parking garage flooded. (April 2013)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Plaza Towers Condominium Association has filed a lawsuit against the City of Grand Rapids after the building was evacuated during the April 2013 historic flood.

The lawsuit says a hole cut into the city’s floodwall 20 years ago is the reason the Plaza Towers underground parking garage flooded, according to MLive.

The flooding led to the evacuation of about 1,000 Plaza Tower residents for about two weeks.

MLive says the lawsuit blames a hole in the floodwall. That hole was cut into the floodwall between the Blue Bridge and the Fulton Street bridge some 20 years ago, the suit claims, when the city built a walkway along the river.

“By cutting the breach into the floodwall for the benefit of the public, the city of Grand Rapids deprived Plaza Towers of the floodwall protections, exposing Plaza Towers to significant property damage from superinduced water from the Grand River,” MLive quoted the suit.

According to MLive, the suit doesn’t lay out a specific damage estimate.

After-hours calls to the Grand Rapids City Attorney’s Office were not returned Tuesday night.

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