Power out for days at mobile home park amid heat

Kent County

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — Frustrated residents in a Kentwood mobile home park say power outages that persisted for the better part of three days forced them to sleep outdoors.

Residents say more than a dozen homes at Windmill Pointe Village lost electricity Saturday. Despite the efforts of the repair crews, restoration periods lasted only briefly, residents said.

“Company would come and go, come and go,” Abigail Rubio told 24 Hour News 8 Monday.

Some said temperatures in their mobile homes rose over 100 degrees.

“It was like hell,” said Rubio, who said she slept outdoors with her family one night because of the extreme heat. “Kids are sweating, crying. They want to take their naps, they want to take a shower, but there’s no light.”

Hers wasn’t the only family that turned to sleeping outside in an effort to beat the heat.

Finally, a repair Monday evening seemed to provide a more lasting fix. Affected residents watched as contractors with Windemuller Electric replaced the piece of equipment they said was at the center of the problem. Officials with the repair company said the growing mobile home community outgrew its electrical equipment and it overloaded during high usage over the weekend.

Officials with the mobile home park weren’t immediately available for comment late Monday evening.

Consumers Energy does not provide power to Windmill Pointe residents like it does for most in West Michigan. It wasn’t immediately clear how the electricity in the community was managed. Residents said they pay their electric bills directly to Windmill Point Village.

After the equipment was replaced Monday, the electricity was restored. Residents were cautiously optimistic that this fix would last.

“Cross our fingers,” Rubio said.

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