2 Newspaper Carriers Drown in Michigan Storm

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Two delivery workers for The Grand Rapids Press have drowned after their car became submerged in a creek that washed out a road during a weekend of thunderstorms.

Michigan utilities continue work Sunday to restore power to the last of about 154,000 homes and businesses that were blacked out in the storms that hit Friday night and Saturday.

The newspaper says the fatal accident happened about 4 a.m. Sunday in Fennville. It’s on about 35 miles southwest of Grand Rapids and about 155 miles west of Detroit.

State police Lt. Dave Greydanus says both victims lived in Grand Junction. He identifies them as 51-year-old Clarissa J. Green and her 17-year-old nephew, Dean A. Taylor. They were delivering the paper when they died.

“We deeply regret the deaths of family members of one of our delivery contractors this morning,” Press Publisher Dan Gaydou said. “Carriers and delivery agents are diligent about fulfilling their commitments and are often faced with difficult weather situations.

“Contractors make independent judgments about their safety but we do not encourage anyone to act in a manner that would put them in jeopardy. We are all saddened by this situation and offer our condolences and sympathy to the family,” Gaydou said.

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