State of emergency brings help from all over to GR


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The wood chipper was a welcome sight in Grand Rapids' Ottawa Hills neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, but the name on the door of the truck may have confused some residents.Workers from the city of Kalamazoo are among several out-of-town crews helping clean up Grand Rapids' ice storm debris-covered streets."It was really a pleasure to meet these gentlemen this morning," Ottawa Hills resident Fred Davison said. "And they said they'd come all the way from Kalamazoo to help. Thank you very much."Dave Cooper and Dale Briggs, both Kalamazoo Forestry Department employees, said they got a lot of the same from Grand Rapids residents."A lot of the corners, you stop and they're waving when you’re trying to find out where to go on the maps 'cause we're not from this area," Cooper said. "Very grateful. A lot of the people are."Just like the power outages brought inelectrical crews from out of the area, thestate of emergency declarationfrom Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over the weekend triggered a sort of mutual aid pact between cities all over the state.More at


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