State helps Grand Rapids recover from ice storms


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The city of Grand Rapids is getting extra help to clean up following last week's back-to-back ice storms after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for the area.

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said as the weather calmed down and power was restored , it became clear how much help was needed.

“Our calls for services skyrocketed,” Bliss said Sunday. “We have over 350 priority calls that we need to respond to largely for storm clean up.”

Bliss explained that's why she requested that the governor to declare a state of emergency .

City officials told 24 Hour News 8 that they are focusing on recovery efforts and state funding and resources will help speed up the process.

"Today, we've tripled the size of our debris removal team," City Manager Mark Washington said. "Hopefully, within the next week, we will do in seven days what would've taken us weeks to do to get our city back to normal."

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