Dispatch receives highest calls during deadly storm

A 60-foot pine in Grand Rapids knocked down in the storm on July 7, 2017. (Courtesy: Betsy Younkers)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — During the deadly storms early Friday morning, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office communication center was answering calls at three times the normal rate.

According to the Kent County Sheriff’s office, the center received 910 calls to 911 from 3 to 9:30 a.m.

Authorities said the storm claimed the life of a Grand Haven man.

The storm also knocked out power to over 160,000 homes across the state. Some of the hardest hit areas, which include Kent and Ottawa counties, still have not had power restored.

Kent County Sheriff’s office said it received calls on 304 wires down, 80 roadways blocked by trees and 11 structure fires in a six-hour period. At one point, there were 170 events being handled simultaneously by area emergency responders.