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Power Knocked Out, Cleanup Begins In Storm Aftermath


The Holland-Zeeland area is cleaning up this Monday afternoon after severe thunderstorms rolled through late this morning, dumping heavy rain, and bringing high winds and lightning that knocked down trees and power poles. About 6,500 Holland Board of Public Works customers were without power as of 1 p.m., more than two hours after the storm rolled through about 10:45 a.m. The storm knocked out power to BPW's James DeYoung plant and the Holland Area Wastewater Treatment plant. BPW spokeswoman Andree Keneau reported damaged to one of the buildings at the power plant and that crews are on the scene. Keneau says power was restored to both facilities shortly before 1 p.m. About 15 power poles were knocked down as a result of the storm, and efforts are being made to replace them. It is not yet known when power might be restored to the affected area. There are also numerous reports of downed trees throughout the area, and at least one car that was parked at Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt Realty was destroyed when a tree fell on it. A Holland police car was damaged by a fallen tree near St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in the area of 12th Street and Maple Avenue.