Plaza Towers flooding suit against GR revived

Plaza Towers in downtown Grand Rapids (File photo)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)— A lawsuit against the city of Grand Rapids sparked by historic flooding is moving forward.

In a decision released Friday, The Michigan Court of Appeals said Plaza Towers can proceed with its lawsuit against the city over damage caused by flooding in April 2013.

Workers had to pump 1.6 million gallons of water out of the development’s basement. The flooding forced about 1,000 residents out of their homes for about two weeks.

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. (File photo)

>>Photos: Historic flooding in Grand Rapids

The Plaza Towers Condominium Association claimed the flooding was due in large part to a hole the city cut in the flood wall to create a pedestrian walkway along the river.

A fish swims by the window of an office along the Grand River in Grand Rapids in April 2013.(Courtesy: Judy Schutte)
A fish swims by the window of an office along the Grand River in Grand Rapids in April 2013.(Courtesy: Judy Schutte)

A judge previously threw out the lawsuit, citing a 1989 agreement between the city and Plaza Towers that protected the city from damage caused by flooding.

However, the Court of Appeals ruled that agreement only protects the city from damage related to the sewer running beneath Plaza Towers. The court ruled the lawsuit was unrelated to the sewer system, so the Kent County case should continue.

In March, the city agreed to allow Plaza Towers to build a flood door that can be closed to block the hole in the flood wall in the future.

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