Grand Rapids

Spring storm topples trees, power poles

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The spring storm that iced West Michigan over this weekend brought down power poles, lines and trees, shutting down roads and damaging property.

"It was just unrecognizable," Beverly Bosserman said of the damage in front of her home in Grand Rapids' Eastown neighborhood. "It looked like a tornado or something came through without warm weather."

Along Glenwood Avenue near Sherman Street SE, her neighbor's car was destroyed when a large tree and power pole fell on top of it.

Bosserman said it happened sometime after 9 p.m. Saturday, when she heard some rumbling outside.

"Then I could hear all of the branches going eeerrrr down the side of the house," she said. "It scared me, really did. I was just glad everyone was fine."

The spring storm also shut down Fuller Avenue near Knapp Street in Grand Rapids for a couple blocks. Strong winds caused power poles to lean in toward the road, leaving the lines dangerously low.

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"It's kind of crazy to see it," Jordan VanWyk, who lives on the street, said. "I wasn't expecting this with the spring."

Even the roads that are open were in bad shape Sunday morning, covered in ice and slush.

"The car's like an ice cube," Grand Rapids resident Andy Koenigsknecht, who was scraping off his car, said.

When asked what he thought about the weather, Koenigsknecht said, "It needs to go away.

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