Crews working to remove propane tanks from river

Apr 20, 2014

EVART, Mich. (AP) - State emergency officials say they are working to remove dozens of propane tanks floating in the Muskegon River as part of flood-recovery efforts in western Michigan.

Hardy Dam on the Muskegon River in Newaygo County
Hardy Dam on the Muskegon River in Newaygo County
Credit Wikimedia Commons/Larry Pieniazek

State Emergency Operations Center spokesman Ron Leix said Saturday that more than 40 tanks have been retrieved by state and local crews working with propane safety experts on flat-bottom boats. He says floodwaters dislodged them from the residential properties along the river.

Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of disaster Thursday for Newaygo and Osceola counties. Numerous homes flooded in the Evart area, forcing evacuations.

Officials say inspectors will be in Osceola County on Monday to help restore electricity to homes and businesses. Several agencies also will open service centers next week in both counties to provide information and resources to residents.