Ice Storm causes havoc for residents across Michigan
Caroline MacGregor December 23, 2013 | WGVU The ice
storm that hit Michigan over the weekend has impacted thousands of people
across the state including farmers, many of whom rely on mechanical
ventilation, milk-handling equipment, and automated feeding systems along with heat and refrigeration that can mean economic and livestock losses.
Consumers Energy spokesperson,Terry
DeDoes, says loss of power throughout the state has approached more
than 260 thousand customers.
County, over 18 thousand customers are affected including more than 9 thousand
Grand Rapids. DeDoes says - thanks to an accurate weather forecast, crews
brought in from six states were stationed ahead of the storm.
focusing on first assessing damage and de-energizing unsafe areas with downed lines before starting restoration
while it could be sooner, Friday is the anticipated timeframe before residents
in Barry County see their power restored. Businesses, gas stations and
hospitals have been affected although most hospitals have back up generators. Crews
are working around the clock to ensure roads are safe for emergency vehicles. Traffic
lights are out at multiple intersections and should be treated as four way
been getting a high number of request from families who have lost their electric
The American Red Cross has set up an emergency shelter in Middleville
and a warming shelter at Burton Middle School in Grand Rapids with cots, blankets food,
snacks and water along with electricity to charge cell phones.
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