Albion College Cleaning Up After Storm

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

The storm may have lasted only 20 minutes, but the amount of damage it cause on the Albion College campus was enough to surprise Sabelle Nielsen.

"Half of these trees are down, power lines were down, cars were destroyed," she said.

But an even bigger surprise came later, when the school told everyone they had to leave campus by noon, Thursday. It put those in dorms and on-campus apartments in a tight spot.

College Interim President Mike Frandsen understands the difficulties with lining up rides over night, but says it had to be done because Consumers Energy claimed it could take a couple of days to fully restore power and clean up the campus.

"Based on the information we had at that time, the best thing to do to keep them safe was to ask them to leave," said Frandsen.

Thursday morning, saw power lines and debris still in the streets, but the only students remaining were about 100 who couldn't find a way home. They stayed in Seaton Hall.

For those who live in Albion, it was a different story. Chief Scott Kipp says although very few structures have been damaged, the number of downed power lines and fallen trees is overwhelming.

"I know streets will be open and passable, but how long before it's actually cleaned up, I'm not sure."

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