Flood Assistance Offered to Ottawa County Residents

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The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management has distributed five thousand sandbags today and an additional twelve-thousand are now being distributed to local units of government to further assist residents. Residents are urged to call in the local township in advance to be certain there are bags available. Check with individual townships for “after hours” dissemination. Sand is available through several suppliers including Ralph Meyers Trucking, De Went Gravel, Mulch Pro, and S & M Gravel. It is important to only fill sandbags just more than half full. This way the sand can settle to fill voids in the wall once it is built. Along with placing sandbags where water is expected to rise quickly, residents are advised to take precautionary measures such as raising items off of the ground level. There is no charge for the sand bags, however they must be used for flood prevention purposes.

If residents experience flooding in their homes they are advised not to enter an area with standing water where there are electrical appliances such as lamps or washing machines, be it in their basement or elsewhere. 

If there is an immediate threat for life safety they should call 911. 

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation.

De Went Gravel Company (offering discount for Ottawa County residents)
1600 Chicago Drive 

Jenison, MI 49428 
Alternate phone number: Marv VanSomeren 616-890-9208 
Hours: 8 to 5 p.m. 

Mulch Pro 
6640 96th Avenue 

Zeeland, MI  49464 
Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 
After Hours: Call 616-260-4718 

S&M Gravel Company 
14408 108th Avenue

Grand Haven, MI  49471 
Hours: 7-4 p.m. 

Ralph Myers 
9585 Lake Michigan Drive 

Allendale, MI   
Hours:  7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Source: County of Ottawa 

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