Power restored to hundreds in Kent Co.

More than 2,000 people are without power in Grand Rapids Twp. Wednesday morning. (Nov. 19, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Power has been restored to hundreds of Consumers Energy customers in Kent County.

The power outage Wednesday morning affected about 2,697 customers who live near Plainfield Avenue and 3 Mile Road near I-96 in Grand Rapids Township.

The outage occurred around 5:30 a.m. and power was restored around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to a Consumers Energy spokesperson.

Consumers Energy says the outage was caused by a tree on the line near Dean Lake Avenue.

As a reminder, when a traffic light is out drivers should treat it as a four-way stop.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service have released some recommendations to keep food safe while experiencing a power outage.

  • Keep an appliance thermometer in the fridge and the freezer — safe temps are 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower in the fridge, zero or lower in freezer.
  • You can also freeze water in 1 quart plastic bags to put around food in the freezer and refrigerator — it will keep food cold longer if the power goes out.
  • Have some coolers on hand to keep refrigerator food cold should the power be out more than four hours.
  • Avoid putting food outside in the ice and snow because it attracts animals and can spoil quickly if the sun comes out.
  • Have a few days worth of ready to eat food on hand as well.

After a big storm get rid of any perishable food that’s been sitting out above 40-degree temperatures for two hours or more. Never taste food to see if it’s safe and when in doubt, throw it out.

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