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Parts of W. Mich. still covered in ice

CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Many parts of West Michigan are still coated in ice, and that's causing some serious problems both for families without power and for drivers.

There's ice everywhere, weighing down power lines and trees, and making many roadways very slick.

People who spoke with Newschannel 3 on Monday said it's a pretty hectic start to the holiday week.

Just days before Christmas, Mother Nature has served up a big mess with downed trees all over in Calhoun County--on power lines, on fences, and splattered across front yards.

"They told us to stay in the house so the trees wouldn't fall on you," said Booker Barbee, from Battle Creek.

Booker may have saved his neighbors' lives Sunday, as a tree weighed down with ice broke in half, sparking a scary situation.

Meanwhile, just down the road, Bill Vale says he encountered a near-death experience of his own.

Icy roads caused his truck to spin off the road Monday afternoon, leaving him "pretty shook up."

Vale encourages drivers to take it slow, and said his crash could have turned out much worse.

"I was trying to get out because I smelled gas, and this young 14-year-old boy--or maybe he was a little older--came out of nowhere and risked his life to come and get me out," he said. "I'd really like to tell him 'thank you.' I don't know your name. God bless."

The biggest concern people have in West Michigan at this point is power outages.

More than 10,000 people in Calhoun County remain in the dark, and it may last through Friday.