Winter in April

Becky Vargo • Apr 16, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Wind gusting up to 45 mph toppled trees around West Michigan, including one Saturday morning at the Bella Mia Bed & Breakfast in Spring Lake.

Trees and branches also fell on power lines, causing temporary road closures in Grand Haven and Crockery townships on Saturday.

Shortly before 10 p.m., freezing rain hit the lakeshore and contributed to a number of slide-offs and crashes around Ottawa County.

A Coopersville fire truck responding to one of those crashes rolled over at Cleveland and 68th Avenue at about 11:10 p.m. Saturday.

Four people suffered minor injuries in that crash, according to Ottawa County Central Dispatch. Wright-Tallmadge and Crockery Township firefighters were requested to respond to all Coopersville incidents following the fire truck crash.

Earlier in the day, residents along West Spring Lake Road in Ferrysburg and Spring Lake Township were without power for almost an hour. A Grand Haven Board of Light and Power outage map showed scattered outages affecting about 42 customers in the City of Grand Haven and 10 customers in Ferrysburg as of 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Consumers Energy also reported scattered outages in the Tri-Cities areas affecting a few hundred customers. The biggest areas were along North Fruitport Road and Kelly Street and on Black Lake Road, and on Quarterline Road north of Pontaluna in Muskegon County. 

Consumers Energy reported that all customers in the area would be restored by 11 p.m. Sunday.

Statewide, Consumers Energy crews restored power to 82,000 customers as of late Sunday afternoon. Since the beginning of the storm, more than 118,000 customers were impacted by outages.

More than 1,500 people were engaged in the electric restoration effort, from line workers to damage assessors, wire guards and customer service representatives. Additional utility workers from West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana have arrived to assist the crews from Consumers Energy

Nicole LaBelle is the owner of Bella Mia, a bed and breakfast located at 203 E. Savidge St., in Spring Lake. 

LaBelle said she was running her vacuum at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday when she heard a sound that she thought was thunder. 

When she looked out the window, she saw the large maple tree on the east side of the house had fallen onto the front porch roof.

LaBelle said, “It was divine,” that no clients were staying at the bed & breakfast at the time.

“Last weekend, I was full,” she said.

LaBelle said it was hard to see the beautiful old tree gone, but she was thankful it didn’t fall onto her neighbor’s house or more heavily damage her own home.

LaBelle said she planned to use some of the wood from the tree for a table top for use inside the home. 

The freezing rain turned into sleet, which covered the ground in a snow-like blanket Sunday morning.

Sleet, freezing rain and rain fell most of the day, with a couple hour break later in the afternoon.

Rain and snow mix are still in the forecast for the next couple days.

There is a chance of rain and snow into Thursday morning, with high temperatures climbing into the upper 40s on Wednesday and possibly into the low 50s during the weekend.



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