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Officials: $14 million could upgrade Grand Rapids' flood protection system along Grand River

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Officials say it's expected to cost at least $14 million to upgrade Grand Rapids' flood protection system along the Grand River.

The Grand Rapids Press and WOOD-TV report the improvements should restrain insurance rates as well as hold back floodwaters.

A draft report from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency shows that Grand Rapids can achieve one standard of flood protection. In conjunction with an effort to make the Grand River more accessible, the city might end up spending more and get a better designation.

Grand Rapids leaders last year sold almost $5 million in bonds to start funding flood levee upgrades. Much of that work has focused on improving the earthen levee around the city's wastewater treatment plant. Another $9 million in upgrades could raise sections of flood wall.

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