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Heat wave spikes Michigan hospital visits

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Michigan's early-July heat wave pushed up hospital emergency department visits for heat illness by 89% from the previous ten-day period.

Figures compiled by the Michigan Department of Community Health show 734 emergency department visits were reported -- versus 389 for the previous period.

Spectrum Health's Grand Rapids-area hospitals had three cases of the most serious heat stroke, which can be fatal.   Saint Mary's Health Care recorded one case of heat stroke.  Metro Health's emergency department was busy as well.

Doctors at these hospitals note that people who are very young or very hold are most susceptible to heat illness and exhaustion.   Symptoms include weakness, headache, nausea and vomiting.   People on multiple medications are at special risk since the drugs can blunt thirst or decrease sweating.

Nominate Your Favorite Librarian

Nominate Your Favorite Librarian

Has a KDL librarian made a real difference in your life? Have they gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide top-notch customer service and excellent programming? Show your appreciation by nominating them for a meaningful award!

Nominations for the national Carnegie Corporation of New York / New York Times I Love My Librarian Award will be accepted through September 12 and must be submitted online.

The award invites library users nationwide to nominate librarians in public libraries, as well as those in school and academic libraries. It is an opportunity for patrons to share how librarians improve the lives of people in their communities.

Homeowner prays for firefighters after flames engulf garage

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM)-A Wyoming homeowner whose garage was destroyed by fire says she's just thankful her family is safe.

A neighbor spotted the flames coming from her Lamar Avenue home shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday. When firefighters arrived, flames were engulfing the garage and threatening nearby homes. The smoke could be seen for miles.

"We ran out of the house and we ran across the street and saw the flames pouring out of the garage and things exploding. I grabbed my two little ones and sat them down in my lap and we started praying, asking God to bring the firefighters quick," said homeowner Tracy Cherry.

Wyoming Battalion Chief Dirk Ubbink says he only had a crew of five people to work with, including himself, and he initially could have used more help battling the fire. He says the situation became even more dangerous when the fire spread to nearby power poles, forcing Consumers Energy crews to cut power to the area.

Flames engulf Wyoming garage

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters are working to put out a fully involved garage fire on the 2400 block of Lamar Avenue SW.

According to scanner traffic, crews were dispatched to the unattached garage around 5:15 p.m. Saturday. Multiple crews are on the scene and a medical team has been called to the fire as well.

WZZM 13 has a crew on the way to the scene and will provide updates as they become available.


Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Cooperation

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Cooperation

From: http://wyomingmi.gov

It has been awhile since I have talked about cooperation, collaboration and coordination issues related to the City of Wyoming.  Approximately, a year ago the short-lived One Kent Coalition floated the idea of collapsing municipal and county governmental structures into a single entity.  However, that conversation quickly lost momentum; instead the County established a committee designed to study cooperation and collaboration among local governmental units.  The City of Wyoming was not involved in that discussion, so we remain somewhat in the dark as to any new ideas being proposed by that committee. 

Neighborhood waits for water to be restored

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Wyoming neighborhood is expected to have water restored this morning after a broken water main break.

It happened shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday at Clyde Park and Buckingham St. SW.

Clyde Park was closed to most traffic between 28th and 32nd streets overnight into Thursday morning.

Don Ranson, who lives in the neighborhood described how water took over the area. "It was flowing over the curbs...probably half the block either way...that's how much water there was." He says this is the third time a water break has happened in the area. Ranson also adds that he's been impressed with how quickly the Wyoming Water Department responded in fixing the problem.

We have contacted Wyoming Public Works to find out about the extent of the damage. 

Their representatives have not returned our calls.

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