From our friends at the NC Road Commission who have done an incredible job under the most trying of circumstances while maintaining effective communication with the residents of our county.
Unfortunately, we made little progress today as conditions are still wet. As I stated before, we had to address the slippery conditions this morning which took time from the scheduled repair work. The Newaygo County Emergency Services Director has declared a local disaster. We will wait to see if the state follows suit. We are working on a plan of attack for starting Monday. Through a mutual aid agreement, the Kent County Road Commission will be supplying some additional forces to help speed the restoration process. Our goal is a speedy recovery for our customers. Through much appreciated assistance from our neighbors, and some much needed cooperation from Mother Nature, we hope to accomplish repairs as timely as possible. I feel it also a necessity to thank the awesome employees of the NCRC, Kent and Muskegon County Road Commissions, The City of Grand Rapids and of course our Emergency Service Department & Central dispatch. The many other calls with offers of assistance is overwhelming. It just shows the support in time of need is just a phone call away. For those that have suffered any sort of damage due to the flooding event, there is a link on the County of Newaygo's website (www.countyofnewaygo.com) directing you to a possible source for assistance. Please use them as they are great source of support. On a final note, the citizens of our incredible county have been nothing short of incredible through this event. We know that the road conditions are nowhere near what you want or deserve, but know your patience does not go unnoticed and is greatly appreciated. And if you see the groundhog, send him our way as we have a couple questions for him.