Homes Located in Flood Plains

Managing Real Estate Broker with Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions"

Homes Located in Flood Plains expect water issues from time to time.  April 2013 will be remember as the highest water levels in history for the Grand River flowing through Comstock Park Michigan, Grand Rapids Michigan, Wyoming Michigan, Grandville Michigan and other cities located down river.

Here in Grand Rapids, Michigan and surrounding communities the rain hasn't stopped pouring in days.  The real issue, the amount of water over time.  The ground is saturated and with more rain coming the waters are going to continue to rise.  This home owner is stranded.  I did see them using boats to move around the homes located on the river checking on residents.  Confirming everyone that stayed after evacuation orders were OK.

Flooding on the Grand River April 2013

Long time residents were caught with the sudden rise in water levels.  Being stranded with only boat traffic for supplies and medical emergencies.

No matter what you feel about people living in flood plains they are resilient. Many have lived on the edge of the Grand River for more than 30 years.

Transportation for Many residents living on the Grand River in Comstock Park Michigan

The new transportation for the moment.

Those living on the Mississippi River never think of moving flooding in the string has become a way of life.

For those that have roots deeper than the trees lining the banks of the Grand River the thought of leaving is heat breaking for them as well.


Living on the Rivers Edge, the Grand River Comstock Park Michigan


Debris is floating down the river, the blue home has a plastic 55 gallon drum lodged by the deck that is nearly underwater.  

It may well be underwater by tonight.  

The home on the left will probably have water coming in the front window by this evening if not before.

I am not sure how the mold will be held under control after the Grand River lowers back to within it's banks.

Bless those in Boston and Bless these people, they will need everyone helping hand to get back on their feet.

This observation deck in Comstock Park behind 5th Third Ballpark is usually a 2 feet above the median water line.











Comments (11)

Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Mother nature is powerful. This if us living in areas of risk understand and accept the risk...although it is still a painful experience at times.

Apr 18, 2013 09:35 PM
June Piper-Brandon
Coldwell Banker Realty - Columbia, MD
Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership

Gary, Good luck to you and your neighbors during this trying time.  I hope the waters subside soon and you can get back to some semblence of normality.

Apr 24, 2013 04:19 AM
Christopher Lotte
Coldwell Banker - Lithopolis, OH
Central Ohio Real Estate Agent, 614-390-9243

Hey  ,

wow! that is a risky neighborhood...

It is always like that in there?


good luck ont that...


Aug 19, 2014 04:12 PM
Doyle Davison
Hawaiian Beaches Hawaii - 714-968-6767 - Huntington Beach, CA
30 years as your Concierge services listing broker

we live in a flood zone but that looks extreme... good reason to keep up on your flood policy since normal homeowners does not cover flood

Jan 12, 2015 10:55 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

I noticed you haven't posted on Active Rain for a while and was wondering if all is OK?  Come back to the 'Rain!

Oct 25, 2015 10:55 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I was looking for your current posts. I hope all is going well for you.


Have an outstanding August.

Aug 12, 2023 11:02 AM