UPDATE: 6:30 p.m.
PORTLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Consumers Energy says power was restored to Lake Odessa just after 5 p.m. Friday.
PORTLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Just north of the Barry County line is Lake Odessa, an Ionia County town where 75 percent of the people were without power six days after Saturday's ice storm. But just 15 minutes away is Portland, a town in the same county that did not lose power in the ice storm.
"We are lucky we didn't lose power or any business," explains Joan Tichvon, owner of a Portland coffee shop. In Lake Odessa, Five Star Pizza lost over $15,000 of food, because of nearly weeklong outage.
Around the Corner Quilt shop in Portland had good business this week, but Meyers Bakery in Lake Odessa is still without power.
It is a tale of two cities: Lake Odessa remains without power, but in Portland, it is businesses as usual. But was it luck that Portland didn't lose power?
"No, in the city we have a municipal electric department so we have undergrounded our lines in the city," explains Tom Dempsey, City Manager in Portland. "When you have an ice storm and when those branches bend and break, they aren't doing so here in the city. 25 plus years ago we just kept taking one street at a time and we kept undergrounding the electric on those streets."
While burying lines worked for Portland, in Lake Odessa it was not something they could do, according Sergeant Walter Wing of the Lake Odessa Police Department. "There is only so much money that goes around, and we prepare the best we can for what happens. You can prepare, but this type of thing is over and above what most people prepare for."
I probably won't be around for the next one." Jim Young, owner of Four Star Pizza in Lake Odessa agrees, "To be honest with you this happens once every 100 years I probably won't change a thing."
One lesson Lake Odessa did learn says Wing is that many residents around the city helped each other. In fact, they closed the warming shelters because nobody was using them, instead relying on each other for help.
So will Portland help its neighbors with power? "We would be happy to, but it will probably be more cost effective to bring in generators," explains Dempsey.