MAUREEN BURNS: The answer, my friend

“I can’t believe my eyes. The devastation from the tornadoes is just unbelievable! How could it happen?”

My adult daughter calls, after the horrible, recent tornadoes. They seem so far away, so unknown — the devastation so gigantic.

JUST IN: Gov. Whitmer adds Ionia County to emergency declaration due to tornado damage


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday amended a recent state of emergency declaration to include Ionia County which was hit by two tornadoes on June 26, along with extensive rainfall.

Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Wayne County after heavy rainfall caused severe flooding, damaging infrastructure and private property. Huron, Ionia and Washtenaw counties were added to the emergency declaration following the completion of local damage assessments. 

JUST IN: Ionia County declares state of emergency after sustaining estimated $2 million+ in road damages


Ionia County has declared a state of emergency after being hit by two tornadoes on Saturday, along with ongoing extensive rainfall.

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairman David Hodges of Belding declared a state of emergency on Tuesday morning and the county board voted 6-0 on Tuesday afternoon (with Commissioner Karen Banks absent) to extend it for 30 days through July 29. Without the extension, the state of emergency would expire in seven days.

Pair of weekend tornadoes confirmed in Ionia County

Heavy rains cause road closures, fireworks cancellation

Strong storms over the weekend brought severe weather to the area with two tornadoes, torrential rain and localized flooding.

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids confirmed that two tornadoes touched down near Lake Odessa in Ionia County on Saturday afternoon. Numerous buildings sustained damage, but there were no reported injuries.