Service restored to Walker police after outage

WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say power is back on at the Walker Police Department, after an outage knocked out the agency’s communication systems.

Authorities tell 24 Hour News 8 a city generator failed, causing the police department’s computers and non-emergency phone lines to go down. Residents were asked to use 911 until service was restored around 2 p.m.

The outage came just days after Kent County voters approved a 911 surcharge to improve emergency communication systems.

The extra 70 cents each resident will pay per month will be used to add new communication towers and create a single system for all departments to operate on.