HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WOOD/AP) - Ottawa County is extending a local state of emergency that has been in place since last week when heavy rains caused flooding in West Michigan.
MLive.com reports county commissioners voted Tuesday night on the issue during a meeting at Hudsonville City Hall.
County spokeswoman Shannon Felgner says the move will keep options open for flood-related funding and other measures by the County, according to the Associated Press.
The Grand River has recently peaked in the area. Emergency management officials are asking residents to report damage from the flood to their local township or city office. That information will be compiled for a collective damage assessment.
The County also is collecting flooding photos via its website.
The American Red Cross of West Michigan has plans for mobile distribution in the county, which will begin April 25. The schedule is planned as follows:
- 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. -- Tallmadge Township -- O-1451 Leonard St.
- 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Crockery Township Hall -- 17431 112th Ave.
- 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. -- Robinson Township Hall -- 12010 120th Ave.
- 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. -- Georgetown Fire Station --1415 44th St.
- 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. -- Polkton Township Hall -- 6900 Arthur St. W
- 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. -- Grand Haven Fire Station/Township Hall -- 13250 168th Ave.
- 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. -- American Red Cross of Ottawa County -- 270 James St. in Holland
Red Cross emergency response vehicles will be distributing snacks, water, and cleanup kits to flood victims. Kits include mops, scrub brushes, shovels and cleaning chemicals, along with other items that will help people once they are able to return to their homes. Disaster mental health volunteers will also be providing emotional assistance to flood victims.
The Red Cross will be consolidating its shelters. Previous locations in Hudsonville, Kentwood and Fremont will close at 8 p.m., April 24. The following locations will remain open 24/7 providing shelter, cleanup kits, water and snacks:
- Alpine Baptist Church -- 692 Seven Mile Road NW in Comstock Park
- First Baptist Church -- 2275 W. Main St. in Lowell
- Ionia Armory Community Center -- 439 W. Main St. in Ionia
You can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org/donate, texting REDCROSS to 90999, or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
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