Nearly 800 People without Power Show Up to Local Warming Shelter

Posted at 2:09 PM, Dec 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-23 16:39:50-05

consumersNearly 800 people are at a Grand Rapids school keeping warm while West Michigan is still flooded with power outages.

Grand Rapids Public Schools, the City of Grand Rapids and the American Red Cross are working together to support local families on the Southwest side of Grand Rapids who are still without electricity following this weekend’s ice storm.

Burton Middle School is open to the public for those who need a hot meal, a place to charge their cellphones or for those who just want to stay warm.

A spokesperson from Consumers Energy will be at the middle school at 4 p.m. on Monday to talk about power restorations to over 50,000 customers who are still in the dark.

The school is located at 2133 Buchanan Ave. SW.

Calhoun, Barry and Ionia counties have also opened up warming shelters at these locations:

  • Calhoun  County – American Red Cross of Battle Creek – 14600 Beadle Lake Road, Battle Creek, 49014
  • Barry County – Barry Township Hall – 155 East Orchard St., Barry Township, 49046
  • Ionia Counties – Ionia High School – 250 E. Tuttle Road, Ionia, 48846