Power outages drop; state emergency declared in Grand Rapids

Snow covers the intersection of Winter and Spring streets in Spring Lake, Michigan, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. In many parts of the Michigan, this will be the coldest day since 1994, according to the National Weather Service. "It is dangerously cold today!," staff in the NWS Grand Rapids office warned early Wednesday. "As of 4 a.m., wind chill readings have fallen to 15 to 30 degrees below zero across most of our area. Wind chill readings will continue to fall to 25 to as much as 45 below zero today, which is dangerously and potentially life threateningly cold." Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday declared a state of emergency over the states dropping temperatures, setting into motion a process that helps the state respond quickly. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Grand Rapids, qualifying the city for additional assistance as it copes with power outages and cleans up from storms.

Whitmer says the declaration gives Grand Rapids additional resources beyond what it's already receiving from state agencies such as the emergency management division of the state police. Ice and fierce winds last week in western Michigan knocked down power lines and tree limbs.

Consumers Energy's online outage map showed 22,500 customers in the region had no electricity Sunday morning, down from a peak last week of 231,000. Crews from eight states are working to restore power.

In Portland, a bridge over the Grand River has reopened, 35 miles northwest of Lansing. The river has been jammed with ice.

UpNorthLive has contributed to this article.

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