Power outage evacuee: 'Not the adventure I wanted'

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — While the signs on the Rapid buses that pulled up to an emergency shelter in Grand Rapids read "special" Friday. They should’ve read "nightmare."

Bus after bus dropped off dozens of senior citizens at Union High School Friday, after they were forced to evacuate the Villa Maria retirement community. 

The senior living center lost power earlier this week, and as temperatures dropped, emergency officials decided to evacuate everyone over safety concerns. 

“This is not the adventure I wanted,” one resident joked as she was getting off the bus into the blustery cold..

“It’s very, very concerning,” another resident told 24 Hour News 8. “You could freeze to death.” 

The high school, which was otherwise empty due to a snow day, is one of two open by the American Red Cross in Grand Rapids to serve as emergency shelters, providing food and a warm place to stay. 

Julie Young also found warmth at the school. She lives at Heron Court, which lost power as well. 

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