State of emergency declared for Grand Rapids after ice storms

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for the city of Grand Rapids following ice storms that knocked out power to thousands and took down trees and power lines.

Whitmer made the declaration, which is necessary for the city to receive state funds and resources for its recovery efforts, following a request from Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, a release from the city of Grand Rapids said.

A total of 42,000 city residents lost power due to the storms. Approximately 500 power lines were downed and more than 100 trees were knocked down, according to the city.  

>>Grand Rapids emergency shelter information

Bliss said that while the city continues to focus on cleanup efforts, all of its services are deployed and are at capacity.

“However, they are not sufficient to meet the significant needs across our city,” she said. “This has led us to partner with the state to help secure additional resources.”

>>Consumers Energy interactive power outage map

Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington said the additional resources will help to accelerate response and will also provide support to city employees who have been working around the clock, the release said.

Grand Rapids residents, with proof of residency, can bring yard waste to the city’s Domtar yard waste drop-off site, which is located at 2001 Butterworth St. SW. Brush and twigs can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. seven days a week. While loose brush and yard waste in paper bags is accepted, plastic bags are not. Full details can be found on the city’s website.

Saturday night, fewer than 2,500 Grand Rapids residents were without power, the city said. As of 9:45 p.m., there were 30,377 Consumers Energy customers without power, including 12,278 in Kent County.

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