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Many Shiawassee residents still without power after weekend ice storm

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SHIAWASSEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Many Shiawassee County residents were still in the dark Tuesday night.

At the time of this report, about 19,000 Consumers Energy customers were without power.

Many shelters in the area opened to give people a place to stay warm. Corunna Community Center, located in Hugh McGurdy Park, was one of the shelters to open its doors. The newly-renovated facility gave folks a place to stay warm during the day.

People like Owosso resident Alvin Grant stopped by to take a much-needed shower. He lost power during last weekend's ice storm.

"It's nice to be able to come over here and take a shower and straighten up and just be me," Grant said.

The Community Center offers showers, free Wi-Fi, snacks, and a place to stay warm daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The center will stay open until all the power in the area is restored. And according to Consumers Energy, that might not be until Saturday.

Meanwhile, people at the Owosso Salvation Army are spending Christmas away from home. Residents like Wendy Forsythe say they are blessed to have places like the Salvation Army. She says the organization makes Christmas better for people that otherwise would have to spend the holiday in the dark.

"These people here are a blessing. They've been so nice and helpful. Of course I would like to spend Christmas at home but the people here are great. I'm thankful to Jesus for these people. I'm truly blessed," Forsythe said.

Anyone who needs to find shelter after the ice storm's aftermath can call 989-743-2630.

Shiawassee County Emergency Management wants to remind people to stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines. If you encounter a downed line call Consumers Energy. Emergency officials warn residents to not cross caution tape or move barricades. They tell us they are there for a reason. Tampering with these safety measures mean you are potentially putting your life at risk.

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