New floodgate near Plaza Towers

The flood gate at Plaza Towers in downtown Grand Rapids. (March 19, 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new floodgate has been installed along the Grand River near one of the tallest buildings in downtown Grand Rapids.

The gate plugs the hole in the levee that caused severe flooding in the Plaza Towers mixed-use building during historic flooding in the spring of 2013, displacing some residents for months and causing millions of dollars in damage.

Plaza Towers footed the bill for the gate. They wanted it in place in case of any potential flooding this spring.

>>Photos: Grand Rapids 2013 flooding

Condo owners at Plaza Towers sued Grand Rapids after the flood, saying a 12.5-foot opening cut in the floodwall by the city to accommodate a riverwalk allowed flood waters to enter the building. The city denied it was to blame.

The suit was thrown out by a judge in August of 2014 because of an agreement with Plaza Towers’ developer prohibited lawsuits against the city, but that decision was expected to be appealed.

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