Lake Odessa struggling without power

7:06 PM, Dec 24, 2013   |    comments
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  • The only open business on main street in Lake Odessa Meyers Bakery
    

LAK ODESSA, Mich. (WZZM) - Some homes and businesses in West Michigan have been without power for days, including shops in Ionia County's Lake Odessa community.

"My lights are on," explains Jeff Meyer, owner of Meyers Baker. "Luckily my father in Wayland had a 15,000 watt generator."

Meyers was frying doughnuts Tuesday, and was doing his best with limited power.

"I figure someone can at least warm up and pick up a cup of coffee waiting for the power to come on," explained Meyers.

But staying open with a gas generator comes at a price.

"Hopefully we will at least be able to break even," he said. "I am just trying to salvage some kind of business during this nightmare of a situation."

Down the street at the local pizza place, the owner was facing a costlier problem.

"We are losing all of our food," said Jim Young, owner of Penny's five Star Pizza. "Everything is going to be gone."

Young estimated he was losing around $15,000 worth of FRESH dough, meat, and cheese.

Other business owners are more optimistic.

"We hope it is warm enough to keep all the pipes," explained the owner of the local quilt shop. "We think we are going to be fine."

Consumers energy is telling business owners that power should return sometime Thursday -- depending on windy conditions forecasted for Wednesday.

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