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Barry County declares state of emergency

BARRY COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - More than 11,000 are still without power in Barry County after Sunday's ice storm.

That's more than 43 percent of the county's population.

Officials there have declared a state of emergency.

Consumers Energy says it could be Saturday before power is fully restored there.

In the meantime, dozens of people are spending the holidays with strangers in a warming shelter.

"What would we have done? We would have froze because we had no other place to go but here," said Daisy Davis. 

"We've had a few clients say this is the best Christmas ever," said Brandon Baird of the American Red Cross. 

The Red Cross says more than two dozen people have been sleeping at Thornapple Kellogg Middle School the past couple of nights. While school's out it's been doubling as a 24 hour warming shelter.

There's also one in Delton at the Barry Township Hall.