Strong winds, rain causes damage at Holland State Park

Ottawa County

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Strong wind and rainfall Wednesday evening caused damage at Holland State Park.

Thursday morning, sidewalks were ripped up or covered by sand from the wind and water.

A photo of a sidewalk ripped up at Holland State Park on Nov. 28, 2019.
A contributed photo of a sidewalk ripped up at Holland State Park on Nov. 28, 2019.

Storm Team 8 tracked wind speeds at 61 mph and almost an inch of rainfall.

“I was out here last night (Wednesday) and saw the power of the water and I thought, what did it do? How far did the water come into the beach,” said Karen Sharda. “I was shocked to see this.”

One transformer box was knocked from its location, taking power lines with it.

A contributed photo of damage at Holland State Park on Nov. 28, 2019.
A contributed photo of damage at Holland State Park on Nov. 28, 2019.

Crews from Consumers Energy was out securing lines.

“That is some strong water,” Sharda added.

Some trees were washed away in the waves. No injuries were reported.

Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources was closed for Thanksgiving.

As of Thursday afternoon, it’s unclear what the plan is for repairs.

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