Holland Residents Out Walking Despite Heavy Snowfall

Posted at 9:20 PM, Jan 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-05 21:30:33-05

HOLLAND, Mich. — In Holland the snow melt system that helps to warm the surface of streets and sidewalks downtown was keeping some areas clear of snow although some residents felt it was lagging behind due to the intense weather.

The system consists of a network of coils that heat the roads and walkways to melt the snow.

Dean and Sue Slenk of Holland were taking advantage of those areas cleared off by the system.

“Usually the snow melt is working a little bit better. But, I think because  it’s so extremely cold, even that’s not working.”

“We thought we’d get out, do a couple laps get some fresh air,” said Dean. “We had, the fire going for awhile. This afternoon it was great. But, we said, Nika, she’s a Siberian husky, she needs lots of exercise and mom and dad need some exercise as well. So, we want to get some fresh air and this is Michigan  so we’re used to the cold weather.”

Dean said Nika loves this kind of weather anyway because she has a thick coat.

“Nika loves it. She’s born for snow. She loves to romp around in the snow. These kind of dogs are made for the snow,” said Dean.

The emergency manager of Ottawa County said that they weren’t planning to declare a state of emergency there as of Sunday evening.

She said the Red Cross is on standby if warming shelters are needed.