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Gov. Whitmer declares state of emergency in Grand Rapids

February 11, 2019
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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Grand Rapids, qualifying the city for additional assistance as it copes with power outages and cleans up from storms.

Whitmer said yesterday the declaration gives Grand Rapids resources beyond what it is already receiving from state agencies, such as the emergency management division of the state police. Ice and fierce winds in West Michigan last week knocked down power lines and tree limbs.

Consumers Energy's online outage map showed under 14,000 customers in the region had no electricity Sunday afternoon, down from a peak last week of 231,000.

Crews from eight states are working to restore power.

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