We’re listening to a report from City Manager Soren Wolff and BPW General Manager Loren Howard at a special meeting of the city council. It is being broadcast on Mac Media (public access TV) and will be online soon. [UPDATE: 7/14/11 @ 15:15 -- video uploaded and available.] As an additional matter to a previous post, if you want to volunteer your services to help others in Holland who are still clearing debris, limbs, and trunks, please call the Parks Department at 616.928.2450. I have heard already of some residents grabbing their chainsaws and helping others in town. You also can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will forward your information to the appropriate city offices.
Also, we still have about 150 BPW customers who are still without power. The remaining service restoration is individual houses or a couple of houses. That means the work is rather slow-going and the “payoff” is limited (a restoration that may take hours brings only a couple of houses up at a time). We have crews in from Zeeland, Grand Haven, Traverse City, Hillsdale, and South Haven assisting our BPW crews.
That means that we have families who have been without power for a couple of days. If residents have generators that they would be willing to allow fellow residents to use, please feel free to email me as well. (Hopefully the city hall voicemail will be up later tonight as the damage was greater than first thought. I will update this blog as city hall voicemail is again operational.)
Also, if you have suffered damage or lost trees on your property, please call the city assessor’s office (616.355.1350) so that we can get it recorded for reporting to FEMA. We do not have great hope that we will be declared a disaster area, but we need to submit the data very quickly (as in the next day or so) to the state and federal governments so that the determination can be made.