Jenison area residents start storm cleanup

Jenison storm aftermath

JENISON, MICH. - Thousands spent the day picking up the mess from the Friday's early morning storm. Jeff Dashner heard a large boom around 3:00 a.m. 

"We grabbed the kids headed down to the basement. We just knew a tree hit the house and just shook the whole place," he said. 

When he and his family awoke they realized a tree slammed into the roof, just above their children's bedroom.

"We're definitely lucky and just blessed that we're all able to clean the yard together and kind of just say, 'Hey it could be worse," he said. 

A sentiment echoed just a few streets down as Jerry Gries took in what was left of his yard. 

"I woke up and I could hear a lot of gusts of wind coming through," he said. "I got up and noticed we lost power and I heard a kind of crash noise. Going to be a project to cleanup."

But if there's one thing this storm has brought out, besides generators, it's the idea of a plan. 

"We had emergency plans," Dashner said. "We knew what we had to do in case of this situation and we put it into play. Even though there were no real warnings, but everybody knew what to do." 

Many of those who have damage are also without power. Make sure you check on your elderly neighbors and loved ones as its going to be hot the next few days and they may not have air conditioning.

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