Power Outages Drop; State Emergency Declared In Grand Rapids

“We’ve just been evacuated and I probably shouldn’t be smiling, but tomorrow I’m headed to Hawaii,” Portland resident Jeney Vroman said Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, while loading her car with luggage after being forced to evacuate her apartment on Kent Street in downtown Portland, Mich. “We’ll deal with whatever damage is done when we get back.” (Michael Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Grand Rapids, qualifying the city for additional assistance as it copes with power outages and cleans up from storms.

Whitmer says the declaration gives Grand Rapids additional resources beyond what it’s already receiving from state agencies such as the emergency management division of the state police. Ice and fierce winds last week in western Michigan knocked down power lines and tree limbs.

Consumers Energy’s online outage map showed fewer than 14,000 customers in the region had no electricity Sunday afternoon, down from a peak last week of 231,000. Crews from eight states are working to restore power.

In Portland, a bridge over the Grand River has reopened, 35 miles northwest of Lansing. The river has been jammed with ice.

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