Ferndale Public Schools have canceled the first day of school after a severe storm Saturday night left thousands without power and damage in neighborhoods across the city.
As of early Tuesday morning, about 1,500 customers were still without power in Ferndale after a storm blew through the city Saturday evening. More than 7,000 were without power at one time in Ferndale due to storm damage.
The downed trees and power lines still littering Ferndale city streets on Monday lead to Ferndale Public Schools' decision to delay the first day of school Tuesday.
“For the safety of our students, we are delaying the opening of school tomorrow,” a statement from the school district said. “Please help us by sharing this information with your neighbors and friends who may not have power or may not be at home.”
While several district buildings still remain without power, school principals and secretaries will be present in the morning to ensure that students who do show up to school return home safely.
Department of Public Works crews cleared all roads Sunday night and will now begin work on clearing the brush from neighborhoods, which may take up to a week, City Manager April McGrath said.
School is set to begin Sept. 7.