State of emergency declared in Grand Rapids following ice storms, outages

Snow covers the intersection of Winter and Spring streets in Spring Lake, Michigan, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. In many parts of the Michigan, this will be the coldest day since 1994, according to the National Weather Service. "It is dangerously cold today!," staff in the NWS Grand Rapids office warned early Wednesday. "As of 4 a.m., wind chill readings have fallen to 15 to 30 degrees below zero across most of our area. Wind chill readings will continue to fall to 25 to as much as 45 below zero today, which is dangerously and potentially life threateningly cold." Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday declared a state of emergency over the states dropping temperatures, setting into motion a process that helps the state respond quickly. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

The state of emergency has been declared in the city of Grand Rapids by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer following ice storms that caused a loss in power of over 42,000 residents, according to a release from the city.

The request made by Mayor Rosalynn Bliss comes after two emergency shelters were opened along with the city's emergency operations center Thursday morning in response to over 100 trees and 500 power lines being knocked down across the city.

“We are focused on storm cleanup and recovering as quickly as possible,” Bliss said in a statement. “Our current services are deployed at full capacity. However, they are not sufficient to meet the significant needs across our city. This has led us to partner with the state to help secure additional resources.”

Grand Rapids has since opened its yard waste drop off site Saturday for residents to get rid of twigs and brush that fell during the storm. The location of the drop off site is 2001 Butterworth St. SW and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The site is for Grand Rapids residents only.

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