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UPDATE: East Grand Rapids collects tree limbs after storms

UPDATE: East Grand Rapids collects tree limbs after storms

Public Works Director Ken Feldt says Christmas tree, holiday wreath and tree limb collections are beign delayed, as city crews continue to work to clear streets of snow.

Feldt says public works employees are also busy fixing water service line leaks.  He says collection of all trees, wreaths and limbs may not be finished until the area begins to thaw out, since many items are now covered with snow and frozen in place.

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  In addition to Christmas tree recycling, the City of East Grand Rapids is offering a special tree limb pickup service in the wake of the recent ice and snow storms.

Now through Friday, Jan.

Help firefighters by keeping hydrants clear

Help firefighters by keeping hydrants clear

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- East Grand Rapids city officials are asking residents to help out firefighters when they are back out shoveling.

Here's the city's message from the latest East Express E-Newsletter:

"If you have a fire hydrant near your home, please consider helping the Public Safety Department by keeping snow piles away from the hydrants or shoveling out around the hydrant after heavy snows.  

Public Safety officers do make the rounds and shovel where necessary, but traffic issues, accidents and other duties may keep them from getting to all the hydrants in a timely manner.  If there is a fire in your neighborhood, seconds count, and taking the time to dig out a fire hydrant to attach hoses can make a difference in fighting a fire.

Windy, wet fall weather leads to flood risk

Windy, wet fall weather leads to flood risk

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  Public Works employees are asking residents to keep an eye on storm drains, which may become clogged in light of recent weather.

The strong winds have stripped many trees of leaves, creating piles along streets which may block drains.  The recent heavy rains also add to the issue, causing water to pond.  Residents are asked to help by brushing leaves away from drains.  If you see a clogged drain, you can also call the Public Works Department at (616) 940-4817.

City crews are working on picking up leaf loads as quickly as possible.

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.

MI House Representative Takes A Flying Leap

MI House Representative Takes A Flying Leap

It was a cold February day when MI House Representative Lisa Poshumus Lyons took a flying leap into a freezing pool for charity. It was the Legislative Polar Plunge at the Capitol Building in Lansing for Special Olympics Michigan Athletes. About 20 Michigan Legislators, plus Lt. Governor Brian Calley lined up to show their support for Special Olympics Michigan. The second annual Legislative Polar Plunge raised more than $30,000 to benefit children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This Polar Plunge was one of 28 Polar Plunges throughout Michigan from January through this month to benefit Special Olympics Michigan.

VIDEO: East Grand Rapids Polar Plunge

VIDEO: East Grand Rapids Polar Plunge

The annual Polar Plunge at Reeds Lake raises money and awareness for Special Olympics Michigan. Richett Media takes a look at the brave souls who participated in the plunge this past weekend as more than a hundred adventurous people, most in costume, took the Polar Plunge into Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids.

The annual event raises money and awareness for Special Olympics Michigan. Taking the plunge also earns you a spot in a thrilling and generous club of volunteers who often return each winter to take part in one of the 27 plunges across the state.

Watch the video of the East Grand Rapids Polar Plunge

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