Western Michigan's swollen Grand River is steadily receding from record-setting flood levels even as hundreds of people remain evacuated from their homes.
The National Weather Service says the river level late Tuesday was about 1.5 feet below its crest at Grand Rapids and upstream at Comstock Park in Kent County's Plainfield Township.
The weather service says it's expected to take about a week before the river drops back within its banks. The Grand Rapids area got a bit of rain Tuesday but not enough to have much effect on the flooding.
The flooding has forced at least 1,500 area residents from their homes, including about 1,000 who lived in in downtown Grand Rapids' Plaza Towers.