Trees downed as storm whips through area

Pets sought cover long before the rumble of thunder made it obvious that something big was headed into west Michigan.
Becky Vargo
Jun 3, 2014

Lightning flashed and the constant rumble became louder and louder as the storm crashed into the Tri-Cities area very early this morning.

“I got up about 1 a.m.,” said Spring Lake resident Chris Becker as he looked at the large tree filling his yard at 15788 Beach Drive. Part of the tree was also lying across the corner of his house. “I could see the flashes of lightning and hear the thunder. The tree came down about 1:30 a.m.”

Just around the corner, on Franklin Street in Strawberry Point, a crew from the Ottawa County Road commission worked with efficient speed to clean up a large branch that had fallen.

Employee Kurt Potts said a different crew from the Grand Haven garage had gone around the area earlier in the morning and moved all the big trees and branches off to the side of the roads.

Potts and co-workers Ian Foltz and John Gappa, had just finished cleaning up a tree on Fruitport Road. Earlier this morning they removed three trees that had fallen on 168th Avenue north of VanWagoner Road.

They had five other locations scheduled for cleanup operations today both north and south of the Grand River.

Stay tuned for updates on this story

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