Van Buren County activates emergency ops center, shelter

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VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. - Michigan State Police say that storm recovery and assessments are underway in the Bangor and Grand Junction areas.

No injuries have been reported.  Several trees and power lines are reported down in the area.  Consumers Energy is currently working a natural gas leak in the 200 block of Main Street in Bangor and the 55000 block of 16th Avenue in Grand Junction.

Police say there have been reports of damage to the Columbia Township Hall, True Blue Blueberry Farms and the Bangor Police Department, as well as several homes and residences.

The Van Buren County Emergency Operations Center has been activated and an Incident Command Post has been established in the city of Bangor to coordinate responders.  First Congregational Church at 54128 County Road 388 in Grand Junction has been opened as a shelter for those who are displaced from their homes due to the storm.

People are advised to report any natural gas odors and downed power lines immediately and to stay clear of those hazards.  People are also advised to stay out of the damaged areas so crews can get in to clean up.

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