Huron School District closed Thursday due to icy conditions

Posted by The Huron Hub | Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023

Huron School District closed Thursday due to icy conditions.


Ice storm warning in effect until 4 a.m.

Ice freezes over on surfaces in Huron Township on Wednesday afternoon during an ice storm. (Huron Hub photo by Scott Bolthouse)

Posted by The Huron Hub | Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023 — 6:45 PM EST

An ice storm warning is in effect for Wayne County through 4 a.m. Thursday morning.

Forecasters say moderate to briefly heavy freezing rain will persist through the rest of the evening before ending around or shortly after midnight.

Locations near Lake Erie will have less ice accumulations due to the influence of the lake.

Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions will impact evening travel on the roads.

Total ice accumulations around a quarter inch are expected through the storm warning’s timeframe.

Prepare for possible power outages. Be aware of possible falling tree branches and power lines.

Winter storm watch issued, widespread freezing rain expected mid-week

Posted by The Huron Hub | Monday, Feb. 20, 2023

A potentially dangerous winter storm is in the forecast for mid-week.

A winter storm watch has been issued for southeast Michigan for Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning.

A widespread heavy mix of freezing rain and sleet with some snow is possible during the storm watch, according to forecasters.

Significant icing is possible which could lead to localized tree damage and power outages. Hazardous travel conditions are likely through the event.

The latest forecast information broadly outlines the area from about the I-94 corridor northward as having potential for primarily freezing rain and sleet.

The area along and north of M-59 to I-69 has increased potential for localized damaging ice accumulation.

Monitor this situation closely as significant changes in forecast precipitation type, amounts, and timing are possible in later updates.

Overturned rail car in Van Buren TWP contained agricultural grain, police say

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By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023 — 3:09 PM EST

Police in Van Buren Township say an overturned rail car contained agricultural grain, and that the remaining overturned rail cars were empty.

A rail car containing hazardous material was not affected by the derailment, police said.

That rail car contained liquid chlorine, according to authorities. Its contents were not exposed during the incident.

“The involved train had one railcar that contained liquid chlorine; however it was located away from the overturned section, and was part of the section of railcars removed first. There is no evidence of exposed hazardous materials,” a statement from Van Buren police said.

At 8:30 a.m Thursday morning, Van Buren Police and Fire Departments responded to a train derailment including approximately 30 rail cars between Martinsville and Haggerty roads, south of Huron River Drive.

Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, and Wayne County Homeland Security have all been notified of the incident, and will continue to coordinate with Van Buren Public Safety and local officials.

Haggerty Road is now open. Huron River Drive West of Haggerty remains closed, and is expected to be re-opened to traffic this evening.

The investigation is active and ongoing. Updates will be made to the public as they become available.

Drivers, passenger injured in crash involving two cars in Huron Township

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023

Two drivers and a passenger were injured Thursday morning in a crash involving two cars in Huron Township.

At 4:48 a.m., Huron Township police and fire units responded to area of Sibley and Inkster Roads for a two vehicle traffic crash with reported injuries.

Upon arrival, first responders located two drivers and a passenger that were reporting they were injured in the crash.

The driver of vehicle one, a 31-year-old man from Lincoln Park, was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.

As of 9:16 a.m., he was reported to be in stable condition and the injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.

A 23-year-old passenger in the same vehicle was transported to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries and was later released.

The driver of vehicle two, a 22-year-old man from the city of Wayne, reported minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital for treatment.

The Downriver Crash Team was notified and responded to assist with the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.

Train derailment reported in Van Buren Township


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Posted by The Huron Hub | Feb. 16, 2023 — 9:30 AM EST

Van Buren Township Police are asking the public to avoid the area of Huron River Drive, between Martinsville and Haggerty due to a railroad derailment investigation.

Haggerty Road will be closed south of I-94, as well as Huron river Drive west of Haggerty.

Authorities say there is no evidence of leaking hazardous materials, and no injuries reported.

The investigation is active and ongoing, updates will be made as they become available.

Winter weather advisory issued for Wayne County

Posted by The Huron Hub / Feb. 16, 2023

A winter weather advisory has been issued for all of Wayne County through 4 a.m. Friday.

Forecasters say an initial burst of precipitation in the morning and early afternoon will bring potential for light icing as temperatures gradually fall to freezing and below.

Light icing will remain possible through the afternoon. Eventual transition to mixed precipitation and then snow during the evening.

Total snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of a light glaze are expected.

Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute.

Power outages being reported across southeast Michigan following windy Wednesday

(Photo courtesy DTE)

Posted by The Huron Hub | Feb. 15, 2023 — 4:30 p.m. EST

After a windy day with gusts reaching around 50 mph, power outages are being reported across the region.

You can access the DTE outage map here:

DTE says: “High winds are sweeping throughout southeast Michigan today. If you’re experiencing a power outage, please report it by clicking Report An Outage above. Please be safe and remain at least 25 feet away from downed power lines or anything in contact with them. Assume any downed power line is live and dangerous.”

No injuries reported after house fire occurs in Country Meadows community


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Friday, Feb. 10, 2023 — updated 10:51 a.m.

No injuries were reported after a house fire occurred Thursday in the Country Meadows manufactured homes community in Huron Township.

The Huron Township Emergency Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a structure fire in the 28000 block of Spruce Drive at 2:48 p.m.

The 911 caller reported that the house had smoke coming out of it through the vents and that he could see that the inside of the house was smoky.

Everette Robbins, director of public safety, said first responders were on the scene and working the structure fire within 8 minutes of the 911 call.

No one was inside the house and the fire was contained to the single structure.

The fire was extinguished and the scene was cleared at 6:27 p.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Several area fire departments assisted Huron Fire Department due to an auto-aid agreement that requests assistance from other local departments.

Six departments that responded to assist Huron included Ash Township, Woodhaven, Flat Rock, Rockwood, Exeter Township, and Gibraltar.

Huron Valley Ambulance and Rapid Response also responded to the scene to be on standby to assist throughout the afternoon and evening incase a firefighter from any of the departments was injured.

“Our Auto-Aid agreement worked just as intended and we can’t thank the fire departments that responded enough for their assistance. It is amazing to see multiple fire departments working together as a team to not only protect property, but to make sure everyone on the scene gets home safely,” Robbins said.

When firefighters arrived on scene, it was discovered that the community’s fire hydrants were shut off.

Robbins said that hydrants in the community were shut off on Thursday because of “needed repair and maintenance.”

Robbins said the delay in response due to the lack of working hydrants didn’t have a major impact on fighting the fire.

“It did cause a time delay, but firefighters were able to adapt and use other methods. We do not believe the delay caused a significant impact to the ultimate damage to the residence,” Robbins said. “We were able to use mutual aid tankers from Exeter and Ash Townships to fight the fire in the absence of working hydrants. They were also able to shuttle and draft water out of portable pools to supply water to Flat Rock’s Ladder Truck and Huron Townships Fire Engine.”