Resources for Wyoming residents affected by storm

Wyoming: Red Cross out of disaster kits

Tree debris piling up at Wyoming's recycling center on Aug. 22, 2016.

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — The City of Wyoming is waiving inspection and permit fees for residents whose property sustained damage in Saturday’s storm, it said Sunday.

Residents still need to get inspection and electrical permits, but they won’t have to pay the customary fees. It’s a move aimed at speeding up the cleanup and recovery after the storm.

Among the recovery efforts are a number of resources for citizens. The city’s Resource Center for residents will be open again on Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gladiola Elementary, located at 3500 Gladiola Ave., to coordinate resources for residents, including tree removal help. People interested in volunteering should go to the school to find an organization that needs help, the city said.

Sunday, the American Red Cross distributed disaster cleanup kits at the Resource Center and more kits will be available on Monday and Tuesday. The kits include things like cleaning supplies, tarps, rakes, gloves, garbage bags and other items.

The Wyoming yard waste site at 2660 Burlingame Ave. will be open 24 hours through Aug. 27 for debris drop-off. It may be extended another week if needed. You can call Public Works at 616.530.7260 to alert the city if you need something to be picked up — though the city reminds residents to be patient as it deals with the large amount of debris. All storm debris should be placed behind your sidewalk.

Residents who need assistance beyond debris removal can call 616.530.7226 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City officials encourage residents who are not part of the cleanup effort to stay home so crews can more easily reach residents in need.

The following parks are closed until further notice: Pinery, Lemery, Prairie, Ferrand and Buck Creek. Reservations canceled by the storm will be refunded unless they were located to another park or facility. For questions, call 616.530.3164.

The manager of Marge’s Donut Den told 24 Hour News 8 that the store is not charging for anything on Sunday, instead encouraging customers to donate to help the cleanup efforts. The store has boxes on the counter where residents can make their donations.

The Red Cross opened a shelter at Lee High School Saturday night for people affected by the storm. A family of six whose home was without power stayed the night and left Sunday morning, as did one other person. No one returned Sunday, so the shelter did not reopen, but spokeswoman Vicki Eichstaedt told 24 Hour News 8 that the shelter can be reopened if a need for it is demonstrated.

**Correction: Citing incorrect information provided by the City of Wyoming, an earlier version of this article stated that the Red Cross ran out of disaster kits on Saturday afternoon. That was not accurate. The kits were available Sunday and will be available on Monday. Additionally, the article previously incorrectly stated that the city was waiving inspection and permits; it is actually waiving inspection and permit fees. Residents still need to get permits.

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