Clean up continues one month after Kent County tornado

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Wednesday marks exactly one month since an EF-1 tornado touched down in southern Kent County.

The twister caused $4.5 million in damage along a six-mile path through Byron Center, Wyoming, Kentwood, and Grand Rapids.

Not all neighborhoods are cleaned up and tree cutting services remain busy.

The amount of damage did not meet the threshold for federal government assistance, but the recovery effort did receive a boost when Meijer donated $500,000 to the Red Cross. The money will support the Red Cross's disaster relief efforts.

In the aftermath of last month's tornado in Kentwood and Wyoming, the Red Cross provided the community with 161 meals, 1,269 snacks, 134 clean-up kits, 113 comfort kits, and 101 overnight stays at the shelter. Nearly 70 volunteers from Red Cross chapters across West Michigan assisted in the relief efforts.

Habitat for Humanity's retail store, called ReStore, is now in its temporary location at 5270 Eastern Avenue, after the storm damaged its location on Division.

The store sells new and used building supplies at discount prices.

ReStore director Tom Hyde said, "It was probably 90 percent damaged. So, there's quite a bit of work to be done. And while we're closed, we're going to do some improvements too."

The temporary store on Eastern will remain open for the next few months until repairs are completed at the store on Division.


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