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Muskegon Co. urges evacuations along river

TWIN LAKE, Mich. (WZZM) - The Muskegon County Sheriff's Department and Emergency Services is urging people who live in the Muskegon River Basin to voluntarily evacuate their homes due to flooding.

Officials say that the levels of the Muskegon River will continue to rise over the next 24 to 48 hours. The river is already above flood stage.

Maple Island Road is closed at the Maple Island Bridge due to flooding over the road.

Anyone who evacuates and does not have a place to go can meet at the Egelston Township Fire Department at 5380 E. Apple for assistance. Also, anyone who evacuates is asked to contact Consumers Energy at 231-724-8819 so the company can shut off electricity to their location.

In a news release, authorities said "this is a dangerous situation and cannot be underestimated."

Sewage overflows into Ruddiman Creek

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A power outage lead to a sewage overflow in Muskegon.

The County of Muskegon Wastewater reported a sewage overflow of less than 25,000 gallons happened Monday.

The spill occurred at a pumping station on Lakeshore Drive and some of the sewage made it into Ruddiman Creek.

Health officials have sampled the water for E. Coli and a no-contact advisory has been lifted.

Muskegon block closed due to falling tiles

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Muskegon Police have closed down the 400 to 500 block of Western Avenue due to roofing tiles falling from a five-story building.

Police say that the tiles started falling since this past weekend's storms. At least one blew onto the windshield of a parked car. Several fabric canopies on the Amazon building have been ripped.

No one has been injured, but for the safety of motorists and pedestrians, the block is closed.

My Town: Industrial companies looking to hire more employees

My Town: Industrial companies looking to hire more employees

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Three West Michigan industrial companies are looking for more workers.

Staffing Inc., is working with Reeves Plastics, CTC and Plascore to hold three job fairs to hire additional employees.  On-site interviews will be available for applicants. 

Reeves Plastics is looking for general labor employees, assembly workers and packing and plastic mold operators.  The Coopersville company’s job fair will take place at the Coopersville Chamber of Commerce, 198 East Street, on Wednesday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Interested applicants who cannot attend should call (616) 451-0511.

Saturday's Storm sent people running for shelter.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) – People living in Muskegon said the winds that whipped through Saturday evening "sounded like a freight train."

Dave Johnson, who has lived on Superior Street for all of his 76 years, said, "my wife and I decided we better head for the basement."

City workers clearing debris on Superior said they've been working all weekend.

On Laketon, employees of the Checkers restaurant moved food from the freezer to a truck to bring to a companion restaurant that had power. A day earlier, those employees huddled in that same freezer as the winds roared through.

"I just hollered for everyone to drop what they were doing and I put 'em all in the freezer," said manager Ron Charles.

The Lakeside neighborhood had a lot of big trees down. One fell on Laurie Bostromus' home on Moon Street.

Storms leave about 174,000 without electricity

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - A wave of severe thunderstorms has blown across the southern half of Michigan, flooding streets, knocking out power to at least 174,000 homes and businesses and shutting down parts of two interstate highways because of fallen power lines.

Jackson-based CMS Energy Co. says the storms that hit Saturday afternoon blacked out 106,000 electricity customers, and 95,000 were offline Sunday morning. DTE Energy Co. spokesman Scott Simons says 58,000 of its 68,000 affected customers in metropolitan Detroit were powerless Sunday morning. WWJ-AM says Interstate 75 in both directions and southbound I-475 in southern Genesee County remained closed Sunday for downed power lines.

The National Weather Service reports roads flooded in Big Rapids and in Montcalm, Mason and Muskegon counties. It warns of more flooding with fresh rain this week.

Fire in Muskegon leaves nine without a home

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The Red Cross is assisting nine people left homeless after a fire damaged their home in Muskegon. The house on Mclaughlin Ave. has at least two apartments.

Investigators say the fire started in an upstairs apartment, the lady living there says she heard a pop and woke up to find her bed on fire. She was able to get out, and warned the other residents to get out of the house because of the fire.

All nine people including five children were able to get out of the home uninjured. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.