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'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.

Holland man makes record-setting catch on Muskegon Lake

Holland man makes record-setting catch on Muskegon Lake

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A Holland man has reeled in a Michigan record, with the help of a spoon.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Aaron Slagh caught a record-setting white perch from Muskegon Lake in Muskegon County.  The fish weighed 1.93 pounds and measured 13.25 inches.  Slagh was ice fishing with a spoon when he landed the record fish, which was verified by a biologist from the Muskegon field office.

“It was just another normal day on the ice for me, as I get out as much as I can,” said Slagh. “We were actually targeting yellow perch and I thought I had a walleye. When we pulled it up we thought ‘Holy cow – that’s a big white perch!’”

Michigan’s previous white perch record was set on July 13, 2002 by Kyle Ryan on Lake Huron.  His fish weighed 1.88 pounds and measured 13.25 inches.

Slagh’s fish is the second state record-breaker caught this month.

Winter storm leads to numerous crashes

Winter storm leads to numerous crashes

MUSKEGON, Mich.—High winds and snow led to dangerous driving conditions throughout West Michigan Friday.

In Muskegon, one accident mangled an SUV.  The vehicle was traveling on U.S. 31 near Sherman Road when it happened.  Andrew Heykoop with Eagle Towing provided the following pictures.  He says no one was injured in the crash.

The storm has also lead to hundreds of closings.  For the latest closure information, visit the WZZM 13 website here.

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Communities impacted by the floods in April have less than a week to file their request for federal disaster money. 

In June, President Obama declared a major disaster in 16 Michigan counties, including Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon and Newaygo. The Small Business Association also issued a disaster declaration this summer.  Both declarations freed up federal assistance for homeowners, local governments and certain non-profits who were forced to clean up.  Homeowners and businesses had until Monday, August 12 to apply for assistance; city officials have until August 17.

The flooding caused $10 million in damage in Kent County alone.  Federal funding would help pay for debris removal and repairs to public property, roads and bridges.

Michigan awarded $2.3 million to protect lakeshore

Michigan awarded $2.3 million to protect lakeshore

The Michigan Coastal Management Program is getting more than $2.3 million to help protect the state’s lakeshore.

The grant money is coming from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

 “Michigan is home to over 3,100 miles of Great Lakes shoreline that attract tourists from across the country to enjoy our great outdoors, contributing billions to our economy.  This support will help conserve our beautiful natural resources for generations to come,” says Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who announced the grant along with Sen. Carl Levin Tuesday.

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality will administer the $2,327,500 federal grant, which will be used to help identify and mitigate the effects of climate change on Great Lakes coastal wetlands, as well as improving rip current forecasting and notification systems.

Celebrate Made In Michigan Products and Cast Your Friday Vote!

Celebrate Made In Michigan Products and Cast Your Friday Vote!

Join us in celebrating Michigan products with the Made in Michigan Bracket Challenge. Click HERE to download the bracket.

Each day we'll have four matchups, one from each bracket, as we go through some of our great Made in Michigan products. If you don't know a product, you may want to search the products name in the search bar on the top of the page and check out a past Made in Michigan feature story that aired earlier.

Also, check our WZZM13 Facebook page starting March 25th for ways that you can win some Made in Michigan merchandise.

A new poll will be posted each day.

Closings Around Muskegon Today

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