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Flint home destroyed by fire following ice storm

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(12/23/13) - Progress is being made in the city of Flint, one of the hardest hit areas in Genesee County after an ice storm this weekend.

The police and fire chief say hundreds of calls to 911 have been answered. They've responded to downed wires, sparking and arcing wires and they've checked on people who needed help.

"This storm has presented a major challenge for our community. Everybody is responding in a way that's helpful and compassionate. That's what's going to get us through this. As hard as our men and women in uniform are working, there's no substitute for family members and friends and neighbors helping each other," said Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.

That's what city officials encourage you to keep doing. They're asking you to check on a neighbor. If you have someplace warm to stay and can help someone who doesn't, please do. If you don't have to be out and about, stay where it's safe.

There was one home, in Flint, destroyed by a fire following the storm.

"I called 911 and by the time they got here, it was just fully engulfed in flames," said Irving Crowder.

Unfortunately, there was nothing they could do to save Crowder's home near Avenue A and Hamilton.

"I don't know what to do. I just lost everything," he said.

Crowder says he came home Sunday morning to a wire sparking outside.

"It was a power surge we suspect that caused the fire at that home," said Flint Fire Chief, David Cox Jr.

Cox says his crews were called to about 100 weather-related calls following the storm and none others with damage like this.

Flint Police James Tolbert says officers have been checking on people and trouble spots, too.

"I myself, along with some other officers, were sitting on some wires yesterday when an individual almost ran into them," he said.

Public Works Director Howard Croft says five city vehicles and one the city contracted with were out clearing trees and limbs all day, working from a list of the hardest hit areas.

"The streets are in pretty good shape right now," he said.

Tree removal has been the priority so far, with five city vehicles out doing that Monday. The city also contracted one truck out for a total of six working through the end of the shift Monday. If a tree needs to be removed and no one has got to it yet, you can call the city and report it.

We're talking about roads blocked, branches on houses and cars - anything that has fallen from the right of way, which is the area between the street and sidewalk.

Call 810-766-7463 ext. 3098 to report downed trees and limbs in the city of Flint. Be specific about your area and the nature of your call, and please be safe. Share this information with someone who may not have access to it.

Crews will also be prepared to head out Monday night, and through Christmas Day, to clear roads if the weather warrants it.

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