Shelters consolidated as power is restored in W. MI

Kent County
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ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Some emergency shelters are closing in the greater Grand Rapids area as the number of people without power continues to drop following a winter storm.

The Walker Fire Station emergency shelter closed at 6 p.m. Saturday and the North Rockford Middle School will close Sunday at 2 p.m., according to Kent County officials.

Those currently staying at North Rockford Middle School will be moved to the City Impact Center in Cedar Springs, which is located at 288 N. Main St. Pets are not allowed at this location.

Both emergency shelters at high schools in Grand Rapids, including Ottawa Hills High School and Union High School, will remain open until further notice. 

The Kent County Animal Shelter is providing pet boarding for those staying at either high school shelter if they are unable to find alternative housing until power is restored.

As of 8 p.m. Saturday, there were still 36,130 Consumers Energy customers without power across the state, according to the company’s outage map. The majority of those outages were in Kent County (17,328), Ionia County (8,795) and Montcalm County (8,717).

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