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My Town Muskegon: American Red Cross thanks partners for assistance during flooding

My Town Muskegon: American Red Cross thanks partners for assistance during flooding

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NEWAYGO, Mich. — The American Red Cross would like to recognize and thank all of the community partners who responded to the needs of Newaygo residents during this recent flooding disaster.

Sheltering partners and distribution sites who generously made their facilities available to the American Red Cross and those in need of a safe place to go include:

My Town Muskegon: Volunteers began clearing storm damaged cemeteries

My Town Muskegon: Volunteers began clearing storm damaged cemeteries

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A team of volunteers hopes to return soon to repair two Muskegon cemeteries severely damaged during recent storms.

On Saturday, April 26, approximately 45 volunteers with The Home Depot’s Team Depot descended on Oakwood and Evergreen cemeteries to clean up with devastation left behind during the April 12 storms. Straight line winds, heavy rains and hail hit the area, uprooting large trees, which came crashing down on some of the grave markers within the cemeteries.

Store manager Michael Zizak says the volunteers got through about a third of the work Saturday. Unfortunately, Team Rubicon, which partnered with Team Depot in the effort, was called to handle the aftermath of flooding in Newaygo and the tornado outbreak in Kansas.

Zizak says it’s unclear when volunteers will be able to return, but the City of Muskegon hopes to have the debris cleared in time for Memorial Day.

My Town Muskegon: City offers storm yard waste pickup through April 25

My Town Muskegon: City offers storm yard waste pickup through April 25

MUSKEGON, Mich.—As home and business owners continue to clean up from last weekend’s storms, the City of Muskegon is offering some help.

City workers will be picking up tree limbs and brush left behind by the storm until 4 p.m. on April 25.  All brush and limbs must be placed curbside and cannot block sidewalks or encroach on streets. 

For more information, call (231) 724-6705.

My Town Muskegon: Move your vehicle now for street clearing

My Town Muskegon: Move your vehicle now for street clearing

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Muskegon residents are encouraged to move their vehicles off the street for a chance to get their street cleaned.

The Department of Public Works says it has a short window of time to clear streets before the cold weather hits again, so residents and their neighbors are encouraged to park off-street sometime today through Friday so city plow truck drivers can come through and clear off the snow and slush.

Property owners are also encouraged to make sure any catch basins are clear of snow and slush to help alleviate any possible flooding during this wet weather.

Fire guts Roosevelt Park garage; snow-covered hydrants delay attack

Fire guts Roosevelt Park garage; snow-covered hydrants delay attack

ROOSEVELT PARK, Mich.—Investigators may never know the exact cause of a fire that gutted a Roosevelt Park garage.

Norton Shores Fire Chief Bob Gagnon says his crew was called to the home on Roosevelt Road around 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb.

Free DNR programs make the best of a snowy situation

Free DNR programs make the best of a snowy situation

MUSKEGON, Mich.— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering some free programs to help you make the best of the snow burying our area.

The DNR’s “Just Add Snow” programs include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, dog sledding and other winter-themed activities at nine DNR visitor centers throughout February.  Each program is free of charge, but a Recreation Passport is needed for vehicles to enter state parks.

 “We’ve had a good snowfall this year and conditions are perfect for getting outdoors and enjoying the beauty of winter,” said Kevin Frailey, who oversees programs at the DNR visitor centers. “It doesn’t cost much. Most programs are free, the instruction is free and, in most cases, loaner equipment is available for those who don’t have their own.

'Angel' credited with saving driver from water-filled ditch

'Angel' credited with saving driver from water-filled ditch

FRUITPORT, Mich.—Witnesses are crediting an “angel” for rescuing a driver after her vehicle flipped into a ditch filled with icy water.

Around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Fruitport Township Police say the woman slid off South Dangl Road near Ellis Road.  Her vehicle flipped, coming to rest upside-down in a water-filled ditch. 

One witness says a man risked his own safety to rescue the woman, wading through chest-high icy water to free the driver from her car.  Another person helped the woman into their vehicle to stay warm until officers arrived.

The driver was not injured.

Officers are cautioning drivers to take it slow on the roads- even if they appear clear, there may be black ice.