Food and supplies passed out to those affected by flood in Portland

By  | 

PORTLAND, Mich. (WILX) - The American Red Cross is helping those in Portland after flooding from ice jams in the Grand River has caused closed streets and some residents to be evacuated.

Also, thousands of people in West Michigan have been without power since an ice storm hit the area on Wednesday.

An official disaster response operation was open on Friday with the main priority being sheltering and feeding people that had to leave their homes.

Consumers Energy is hoping to have all of the power back on by Monday afternoon. They say there are still about 1,000 people without power.

Click here for an outage map.

As of Sunday night, American Red Cross shelters were opened and operating in Kent County, Montcalm County, and Ionia County, with one supported shelter in Muskegon County.

Throughout this event, there have been 5 - 8 shelters available for people in need.

They have helped people with food, emergency supplies, and outreach and casework for those affected by the Portland ice dam flooding.

Volunteers have stepped up in all cases providing assistance in many areas.

Sign up to volunteer here.