Damage in Gaines Twp. and power outages near Kalamazoo after storms

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    Damage in Gaines Twp. and power outages near Kalamazoo after storms

    by: Ruben Juarez, WOODTV.com staff

    Posted: Apr 10, 2021 / 06:19 PM EDT
    / Updated: Apr 11, 2021 / 06:00 PM EDT

    GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A southern Kent County neighborhood was littered with debris and several homes were damaged after storms blew through West Michigan on Saturday afternoon.

    Photos and video sent to News 8 by viewers near Byron Center showed toppled trees, one home with a partially missing roof and ripped-off siding and another with a dented garage door in the area of 100th St. and Eastern Ave., just east of US-131.

    Melanie Nipper and her family were watching TV inside their home when they suddenly saw a bunch of objects flying around in their yard Saturday afternoon.

    “Furniture, debris came swirling past the windows,” Nipper said. “We hesitated, thought it was just going to die down. It was not.”

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    After the storm calmed down, she and her family saw downed trees and furniture from other homes in their yard in the Preservation Lakes subdivision. The leg of a chair left a bullet-sized hole on the door of their truck. 

    “We did notice somebody’s roof was in the road,” Nipper said. “So, we went, ‘Whose roof is it?’ And we went out in back and looked. Sure enough, it was our roof.”

    Nipper said water was running down inside their home and they were looking for a roofer to help them address their…

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