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      Grand Rapids businesses prepare for potential flooding

      Businesses along the river are getting ready for possible flooding.

      The Maumee River is projected to rise 12 feet in Grand Rapids by Saturday.

      The projected rise doesnâ??t account for ice jams. Wood County Emergency Management Agency officials say ice jams could be the difference between high water levels and a flood.

      â??The villages, the cities, flooded sidewalks, streets, parking lots,â?? Wood County EMA director Brad Gilbert said. â??You name it. Youâ??re going to see water issues all over the place.â??Businesses along the river are getting ready for possible flooding.

      Grand Rapids officials are supplying stores with sandbags. Savvy Avenue, an antique store on Front Street, is shipping their inventory to a safer location. When the Maumee River poured into Grand Rapidsâ?? downtown area in 1959, the building was filled with 16 inches of water.

      â??The landlord tells us the whole was flooded,â?? Savvy Avenue manager Tina Honenberger said. â??The ice looks just like it does now.â??

      Wood County EMA officials began coordinating safety measures three weeks ago with the Grand Rapids Fire Department.

      They say any flooding issues should remain minor to moderate for Thursday night.