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My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The snow piling up outside has kept Kent County Road Commission crews busy this past week, and with a warm up expected this weekend, their work is far from over.

During the week, 90 drivers worked each day and 30 drivers worked each night, clearing the snow from state highways, county roads and local streets and drives.  The Kent County Road Commission says all roads were cleared at least once between Tuesday and Thursday, but additional snowfall and drifting snow may give some roads the appearance of being neglected.  In Comstock Park and Grandville alone, Kent County crews spread 10,700 tons of salt and sand.  In Byron Center, crews used 58,000 gallons of liquid chloride to clear the road.  In all, the Road Commission estimates this first brush with winter cost it more than $1 million.

My Town Wyoming: Making Ideal Park ideal again

My Town Wyoming: Making Ideal Park ideal again

WYOMING, Mich.—The City of Wyoming is looking to community members to determine the future of its tornado-ravaged park.

On July 6, an EF1 tornado carved a path through Byron Center, Wyoming, Kentwood and Grand Rapids, battering homes and businesses and causing catastrophic damage to Ideal Park.  City officials say the twister destroyed the park’s playgrounds and ripped apart nearly 98 percent of its trees. Since then, city workers have begun the long process of removing the debris and making repairs.    Now city leaders are looking to community members to help shape a new master plan for the park.

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

My Town: Be mindful of your health during storm cleanup

My Town: Be mindful of your health during storm cleanup

WYOMING, Mich.—If you plan to spend the weekend cleaning up damage from Sunday night’s tornadoes and storms, the American Heart Association wants you to be mindful of your health.

Cleaning up storm damage can be physically taxing, leading to a higher risk of heart attack.  Residents should take plenty of breaks, carry smaller loads and drink plenty of water.  The American Heart Association says most importantly, residents should listen to their bodies. 

The warning signs of a heart attack include:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that last for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck and arms.
  • Chest discomfort with light-headedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.

People who experience the warning signs of a heart attack should stop what they’re doing immediately and call 911.

My Town Wyoming: Utility crews tackling downed lines, outages

My Town Wyoming: Utility crews tackling downed lines, outages

WYOMING, Mich.—Residents are cleaning up Monday after strong storms swept through the area.

The City of Wyoming is asking the public to stay away from Averill Avenue SW, Crippen Avenue SW, Clay Avenue SW and 56th Street SW where there are numerous downed power lines.  As of 9 a.m., approximately 326 Consumers Energy customers were without power in that area.  The estimated restoration time is 4 p.m. Tuesday.

According to its Facebook page, the City of Wyoming is sending some Wyoming firefighters and police officers door-to-door to check on residents.  The city is also working with the Salvation Army and Red Cross to set up emergency shelters for those impacted by the storms.

My Town: Flooding organization planning summits begin March 18

My Town: Flooding organization planning summits begin March 18

WYOMING, Mich.—As spring creeps closer, the risk of flooding grows.

Parts of West Michigan are at a higher risk of flooding this year because of the record-breaking winter snowfall, which will melt when temperatures finally climb above freexing.  That’s why the American Red Cross of West Michigan is teaming up with local relief organizations and government officials to hold three planning summits, beginning Tuesday, March 18.

The summit schedule is as follows:

March 18, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Newaygo County Emergency Operations Center 
306 North Street, White Cloud

March 18, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center
2500 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids

My Town Wyoming: Before it rains, clear your drains

My Town Wyoming: Before it rains, clear your drains

WYOMING, Mich.--    The City of Wyoming is asking for residents to help clear street drains and catch basins as rain moves into West Michigan. 

The drains need to be clear of ice and other materials so rainwater and melting snow can flow into them.  Blocked drains could lead to significant street flooding.

Catch basins are located along curb lines, most often near corners and low points on the street.  For more information, contact the city at (616) 530-7272.