Utility gives movie tickets _ and popcorn _ during outage
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- No electricity? Go to the movies -- for free.
Consumers Energy says 2,000 free movie tickets, along with soda and popcorn, are available Saturday and Sunday at five theaters in Grand Rapids and Muskegon. More than 70,000 customers still lacked power in western Michigan after an ice storm and other nasty weather. Some people might not get their lights on until Monday.
Consumers Energy says the free tickets are a "small token" of appreciation for customers. Spokesman Roger Curtis says, "Mother Nature has been a challenge."
Meanwhile, in Portland, bridges over the Grand River remain closed because of ice jams and flooding, 35 miles northwest of Lansing. Some residents have been evacuated. Untreated waste has been discharged into the river because the water treatment plant has been overwhelmed.
Former Lt. Gov Brian Calley says he's never seen the river so high in his 22 years in Portland.