A Wyandotte woman and her three grandchildren were rescued from their home Monday where they have been without power for three days, according to a town official.
Mayor Leon Crow, who is also a volunteer firefighter and a trained first responder, said he and other volunteers took their four-wheel drive vehicles as far as they could down County Road 215, but had to resort to four-wheel ATVs and chainsaws to make their way through.
“They were some very cold people, Crow said. “They had been without power since at least Saturday.
The woman, along with her 5-month-old, 4-year-old and 12-year-old grandchildren, was taken to a shelter in place at the town's community center.
They were four of an estimated 10 people who slept there Monday.
Wyandotte residents remain without power today but have hope that it will be restored before the end of the day.
Crow said people in town lost power off and on Saturday and Sunday, but, since it last went off Sunday afternoon, it has not returned.
The roads in town remain packed with ice, according to Crow, but have at least been cleared of trees.
Power to the town of Afton was restored Monday.
Commerce is believed to have power throughout, according to city officials.
Trees fell throughout the county as the weight of three days of ice accumulation brought them to the ground.
Russell Earls, emergency management coordinator for Ottawa County, said hundreds of trees fell throughout rural areas of the county, severing power for many who live inside and outside of rural communities.
County crews have been working non-stop since the storm hit Friday, according to Earls.
“The guys are saying give us snow anytime,' Earls said. “We did not have to hit every road as with the last snow storm. We thought this might be easier. But, the labor has been horrendous.
Earls said the expense to his district is expected to be about $20,000.
“I imagine that the figures in the other districts will mirror that, Earls said. “I am guessing that this storm probably cost the county $60,000 to $70,000.