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My Town: Emergency funding to bring pothole relief to drivers

My Town: Emergency funding to bring pothole relief to drivers

KENT COUNTY, Mich.— State lawmakers are coming to the rescue of drivers trying to dodge a plethora of potholes this year.

The legislature Wednesday approved $215 million in emergency road funding,  including $115 million for priority projects and $100 million to assist with maintainence needed due to the harsh winter.    

“The additional funding is much needed to combat the brutal winter we experienced this year and to start to reverse the toll it took on Michigan’s roadways,” said Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker.  “The investment in local roads will help to limit the expenses associated with car repairs due to poor road conditions.”

The emergency funding includes nearly $1.9 million to maintain and fix Kent County’s roads.  That includes more than $235,000 for the following communities:

The 2014 WZZM13 Weather Guide is Here

The 2014 WZZM13 Weather Guide is Here

The new WZZM13 Weather Guide is now available here at the station for anyone wishing to read statistics and see the photo winners of the 2013 Weather Guide.

Copies of the new guide were also inserted in the Advance Paper, delivered with the Grand Rapids Press this past Sunday, January 26, 2014.

Feel free to stop by the station located at 645  3 Mile Rd. NW for your copy. It will be interesting to compare last year’s weather with what we are experiencing in weather in our area this year.

It’s a great paper for school discussions.

WZZM 13 Weatherball gets an updated look

WZZM 13 Weatherball gets an updated look

WALKER, Mich.—The WZZM 13 Weatherball is getting all dressed up before winter starts.

Crews installed new signs on the 13 Weatherball Tuesday, featuring the station’s updated logo.  The crane got stuck in the wet lawn outside the WZZM 13 studios, so workers had to put up the signs the old fashioned way, using rope and scaling a 100 foot ladder attached to the Weatherball's base.

The 13 Weatherball celebrated its 10th anniversary standing above the WZZM 13 station on Three Mile Road NW in May.  For the landmark's history, including its trip to the Kalamazoo scrap yard, click here.

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Communities impacted by the floods in April have less than a week to file their request for federal disaster money. 

In June, President Obama declared a major disaster in 16 Michigan counties, including Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon and Newaygo. The Small Business Association also issued a disaster declaration this summer.  Both declarations freed up federal assistance for homeowners, local governments and certain non-profits who were forced to clean up.  Homeowners and businesses had until Monday, August 12 to apply for assistance; city officials have until August 17.

The flooding caused $10 million in damage in Kent County alone.  Federal funding would help pay for debris removal and repairs to public property, roads and bridges.

Weather Cancellations Around Walker Due to Weather

Updated closings and delays at WZZM13.com

It's your chance to be in a Weatherball Commercial

It's your chance to be in a Weatherball Commercial

Now is the time for you and your family to become part of the fun and a chance to be in a commercial for the WZZM13 Weather ball. You may have seen the recent commercial with the little boy trying to figure out things to say, to match up with the colors of the Weather ball, so you can do the same. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Create a video on your phone
  2. Upload it to YouTube
  3. Tweet YouTube link with #13wxball

 

After we receive a number of videos, the top 3 will be chosen and made into commercials for the weather. Don’t forget to include some information about contacting you.

MI House Representative Takes A Flying Leap

MI House Representative Takes A Flying Leap

It was a cold February day when MI House Representative Lisa Poshumus Lyons took a flying leap into a freezing pool for charity. It was the Legislative Polar Plunge at the Capitol Building in Lansing for Special Olympics Michigan Athletes. About 20 Michigan Legislators, plus Lt. Governor Brian Calley lined up to show their support for Special Olympics Michigan. The second annual Legislative Polar Plunge raised more than $30,000 to benefit children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This Polar Plunge was one of 28 Polar Plunges throughout Michigan from January through this month to benefit Special Olympics Michigan.