August 2, 2015, Storm Information

Elk Rapids Citizens are encouraged to use caution when leaving home today after Sunday’s severe storms. Fallen trees and power lines continue to create significant hazards throughout the Village of Elk Rapids and Elk Rapids Township. In addition to the trees that have already fallen, several others throughout the Village have been weakened and are in danger of falling.

Residents with emergencies should dial 911.

On Sunday night, the The Elk Rapids Department of Public Works (DPW) cleared fallen trees blocking through traffic on streets. In some cases, trees were unable to be cleared due to nearby fallen power lines. Residents are urged to use extreme caution when clearing fallen trees on private property, as there may also be downed power lines nearby.

The DPW is currently working to remove fallen trees and debris from the public parks and properties at the waterfront. Residents are urged to be cautious when visiting the parks this week. In particular, there is a large damaged tree leaning over the pedestrian boardwalk between Cedar and Dexter streets next to Kids Pond. Residents are being asked to observe all barricades and caution tape in this area until the falling tree has been removed.

Citizens who encounter a downed power line should stay away and contact Consumer’s Energy at 1-800-477-5050. For more information on how to report a downed power line, click here.

Consumer’s Energy is working to assess the damage caused by the storm, reporting that power may not be restored until late this week. To report an outage and learn more about progress to restore power, click here.

Many residents have expressed interest in helping with cleanup efforts to prepare the Village for this week’s Harbor Days Festival. For more information on ways that you can help, please contact the Harbor Days Association at 231-342-1058. More information is available here.

Please check the Village Facebook page for updates.

Michael Spence
Assistant Manager
Village of Elk Rapids
315 Bridge Street, P.O. 398
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
Phone: 231-264-9274

Last updated: August 3, 2015 (5:00 p.m.)