NEWAYGO, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities in Newaygo County say recent flooding and strong winds caused millions of dollars’ worth of damage.
The governor has declared a State of Disaster in Newaygo County, which saw strong winds and flooding in quick succession earlier this month. Last week, homeowners were asked to evacuate as the Muskegon River rose as much as four feet above flood stage. Businesses, roads and more than 400 homes were damaged.
The Newaygo County Emergency Operations Center said Thursday it estimates there was about $4 million in damage to private property. The county is still gathering data to estimate the damage to public property.
A multi-agency resource center has been opened at St. Bartholomew’s Church located at 599 W. Brooks St. in the City of Newaygo. Several agencies will be on hand to help residents with tools and resources for cleanup; getting food, water and clothing; ; repairs; and getting low-cost loans, among other things. The center will be open between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Among the agencies helping with cleanup is Team Rubicon, the county says, which is made up of military veterans and first responders. About two dozen volunteers from several states are already in Newaygo County.
People who wish to volunteer with Team Rubicon can sign up from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Volunteer Reception Center located at the Fremont Community Recreation Center, 201 East Maple St.
People seeking non-potable water for cleaning can fill their own containers between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday at:
- The Newaygo Fire Department located at 177 Cooperative Dr.
- The Newaygo and the Bridgeton Township Hall at 11830 S. Warner in Grant