State of emergency declared for Grand Rapids after ice storms

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for the city of Grand Rapids following ice storms that knocked out power to thousands and took down trees and power lines.

Whitmer made the declaration, which is necessary for the city to receive state funds and resources for its recovery efforts, following a request from Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, a release from the city of Grand Rapids said .

A total of 42,000 city residents lost power due to the storms. Approximately 500 power lines were downed and more than 100 trees were knocked down, according to the city. 

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Bliss said that while the city continues to focus on cleanup efforts, all of its services are deployed and are at capacity.

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