Spring storm wreaks havoc.

March 24, 2016

ice stormBy Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor.

HART — The Oceana County Sheriff’s Office and the Hart post of the Michigan State Police are reporting several vehicle crashes during the ice storm that hit Wednesday afternoon and continues to plague the area Thursday, March 24. So far, no injuries have been reported, police said.

“Our guys have taken several more slide-off type of accidents this morning,” said OCSO Lt. Craig Mast.   “Drivers really need to adjust their speed for the road conditions.”

Within less than an hour late Wednesday afternoon, two vehicles rolled over in separate crashes on US 31. No injuries were reported in either crash.

Oceana and Mason counties are among several counties that remain under a winter storm warning until 8 p.m. Thursday. Along with ice, the spring storm brought heavy, wet snow to many locations.

Local fire departments were being dispatched to numerous locations around Oceana and Mason counties due to downed power lines. All schools in Oceana and Mason counties are closed Thursday. Several businesses in Mason County are also closed because of power outages.

Mason-Oceana 911 phone lines are inoperable, likely due to the weather. Calls are being routed to Muskegon County’s 911 center, where they are forwarded to the Mason-Oceana center.


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