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Firefighters collect winter clothes for kids in need

Firefighters collect winter clothes for kids in need

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  The temperatures are dropping and many children in the community don’t have a way to keep warm.

That’s why the Plainfield Township Fire Department is holding a winter clothing drive.  Now through December, people are encouraged to drop off new or slightly used winter coats, snow pants and/or new hats at the township’s two fire stations.  Snow pants should be sizes 5/6, 7/8, 10/12 or 14/16.   All donations will be distributed through the school system.

Items can be dropped off at Plainfield Fire Station #1 at 6145 Belmont Ave. NE and Plainfield Fire Station #3 at 4343 Plainfield Ave. NE.

Flooding leads to renewed interest in home sale program

Flooding leads to renewed interest in home sale program

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Plainfield Township is preparing to buy up another home damaged by flooding. 

The township began offering the program in 2008, in partnership with FEMA.  Using federal funding, the township buys flood damaged properties at 75 percent their market value, and then demolishes the homes.  The program is voluntary; homeowners who cannot sell their property because of flood damage sign up to sell to the township.

Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the number of homeowners on the program’s waiting list jumped after severe flooding this past April.  He says the township has acquired 10 properties so far.  Right now, Plainfield Township is in the process of acquiring a home along Abrigador Trail.  Van Wyngarden anticipates closing on the property within the next couple weeks.

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Communities impacted by the floods in April have less than a week to file their request for federal disaster money. 

In June, President Obama declared a major disaster in 16 Michigan counties, including Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon and Newaygo. The Small Business Association also issued a disaster declaration this summer.  Both declarations freed up federal assistance for homeowners, local governments and certain non-profits who were forced to clean up.  Homeowners and businesses had until Monday, August 12 to apply for assistance; city officials have until August 17.

The flooding caused $10 million in damage in Kent County alone.  Federal funding would help pay for debris removal and repairs to public property, roads and bridges.

Plainfield Township helps fill pools with hydrants

Plainfield Township helps fill pools with hydrants

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—If you need to fill your swimming pool during this heat wave, Plainfield Township can help.

Residents can obtain a hydrant permit and use a fire hydrant to fill up their oasis quickly.  For more information, contact the Plainfield Township Water Department at (616) 363-9660 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Forest Hills school bus in AM accident

Forest Hills school bus in AM accident

CASCADE, MI – The icy roads made for a dangerous commute this morning.  Numerous accidents and slide outs were reported in Kent County.  A Forest Hills school bus was rear ended this morning on Cascade Road.  There were no reported injuries.  Cascade Road looked more like a skating rink as several cars skidded off the street in the morning commute. 

I-96 wasn’t much better.  Most drivers seemed to take the advice posted on the MDOT sign to slow down in slippery conditions.  A commute that normally takes 15 minutes took 45 minutes this morning as most motorists slowed down. 

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