Storm shelter open until further notice

Storm damage in Kent County. Photo courtesy: Adam Dabaja/Soapbox Pictures)

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — The American Red Cross says it is still deciding when it will close its shelter for people affected by Sunday night’s storm and tornado in the southern metro Grand Rapids area.

The shelter is located at the Kentwood Activities Center at 355 48th Street. Red Cross spokesman Jon Breems says it the organization hasn’t yet decided for certain when it’s going to close. He said the organization will notify the public before the shelter closes.

The EF-1 tornado touched down around 10:20 p.m. Sunday near the US-131/M-6 interchange and then traveled six miles northeast over the course of about 10 minutes.

Kent County Emergency Management Director Jack Stewart said Thursday that the storm and tornado caused damage to 269 buildings, 25 of which were businesses. Damage to private property is estimated at $4.5 million.

In Wyoming, the city said Wednesday that it will waive building permit fees for those affected by the storm. People will still have to obtain a permit to do work on their homes, but they will not have to pay the fee.

**Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the shelter would be open through the weekend. That was incorrect.



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