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Returning Home After Power Outage

February 25th, 2019 8:14 pm

Contact: Sgt. Joel Roon - 616.632.6106
Email: joel.roon@kentcountymi.gov
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KENT COUNTY, Mich - As power is restored throughout the county, shelter consolidation efforts are being initiated.  As of today at 1:00 p.m. residents can expect the following with regard to shelter operations:  

  • Walker Fire Station will be closed today at 6:00 p.m.
  • North Rockford Middle School will close tomorrow, February 10, at 12:00 p.m.  Persons currently housed at North Rockford Middle School who still need shelter will be moved to the City Impact Center located at 288 N. Main, Cedar Springs, MI.  City Impact Shelter will provide overnight shelter services
  • People seeking shelter in the northern and eastern portions of Kent County should go directly to City Impact Center in Center Springs.  
  • Ottawa Hills High School and Union High School are presently open.


Returning Home:

If you are returning home and you have power please consider the following:

1. When in doubt throw it out. Food that has been exposed to temperatures greater than 40 degrees for 2 hours or more should be destroyed. A full freezer will hold the temperature for about 48 hours.

2. If water pipes are frozen, do not use open flames, torches or welders to thaw them. These present a fire risk. To safely thaw pipes open cabinets to allow pipes to thaw with ambient heat or utilize a hair dryer on a high setting. If you are not successful consider calling a qualified plumber.