RESTORATION WORK EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETE LATER MONDAY FROM WINTER STORM 11:30 A.M. (FINAL) UPDATE
Jackson, Mich. Monday, January 21, 2013
Approximately 600 Consumers Energy electric customers are without service after a powerful winter storm with high winds hit the state late Saturday and early Sunday. Since 9 p.m. Saturday, more than 79,000 customers have been affected by weather related outages.
“Our crews are expected to complete restoration work in the hardest hit areas by the end of today,” said Garrick Rochow, the utility’s vice president of energy delivery. “I want to thank our customers for their patience and also thank the men and women who worked on this storm restoration effort, especially our line workers and others who braved bitterly cold temperatures to get the work done.”
From line workers to customer call center representatives and on-site damage assessors, more than 1,200 Consumers Energy and contract employees have worked on storm restoration efforts across the state, including crews from Indiana.
As of 11 a.m., the approximate numbers of Consumers Energy electric customers remaining without service in the following counties were: Allegan (38); Barry (26); Calhoun (40); Genesee (46); Kalamazoo (35); Kent (100); Livingston (56); Muskegon (78); Ottawa (25) and Washtenaw (38). Updated outage information is available at www.consumersenergy.com/outagemap.
Consumers Energy cautions residents to avoid touching any downed wires and to report them immediately by calling 1-800-477-5050, or their local law enforcement agency. The utility also reminds customers to be alert to utility crews working along roads and urges drivers to take extra precautions in those situations. In particular, drivers should slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear so they safely can go past utility workers and equipment on roadsides.
Power outages can also be reported and restoration information obtained via Consumers Energy’s new online outage map, at www.consumersenergy.com/outagemap. The outage map may be accessed by both computers and mobile devices.
If using a generator, contact a licensed electrician to ensure that it is properly connected and, for the safety of our line workers, make certain it is isolated from the utility’s electric distribution system. Never use a generator in an enclosed area and never fuel a generator when it is running.
In some cases, the mast which holds the electric service wires to your home or business may have been damaged or torn away. Utility crews will reconnect the wires to your home, but only a licensed electrician can repair or replace a mast or a cable.
Consumers Energy will trim or remove trees interfering with electric restoration activities. Clean-up of debris from tree trimming or removal during a storm emergency is the responsibility of individual property owners.
Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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This is the final storm update.