Judge tosses out Plaza Towers flooding lawsuit

Plaza Towers in downtown Grand Rapids (File photo)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A judge has thrown out a lawsuit that claimed the city of Grand Rapids caused floodwaters to inundate one of the city’s tallest buildings.

The garage of Plaza Towers flooded during the historic flooding of April 2013. (File photo)
(The garage of Plaza Towers flooded during the historic flooding of April 2013.)

Condo owners at Plaza Towers, a mixed use building that includes condos, apartments and a hotel, claimed an opening cut in a floodwall by the city to accommodate a riverwalk allowed flood waters to enter the building during the historic April 2013 floods.

>>Photos: Grand Rapids 2013 flooding

The damage forced residents out of their condo for months.

The city claimed they weren’t to blame.

Friday, Grand Rapids City Attorney Catherine Mish told 24 Hour News 8 that Kent County Circuit Court Judge George Buth threw out the case because of a covenant in an agreement with the original developer of Plaza Towers that prohibited them from suing the city.

Mish said she expects the condo owners to appeal.


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