Power outage update for Monday
Mon, 05 Mar 2012 09:29:15 GMT —
Current outage information by counties and townships that is updated every 15 minutes can be viewed on the Great Lakes Energy website, by clicking on Storm Central.Although PIE&G has restored electricity to approximately 8,300 services, current estimates show 8,200 services still without power Monday.Worker access to equipment and lines is obstructed by the frozen, drooping trees and deep snow. Special equipment and snowmobiles are being used and tree removals necessary to get to many areas needing repair. Because of the extensive damage across the region and Mother Nature slowing progress, PIE&G is advising members to prepare for these outages to extend late into the week, possibly Friday. PIE&G appreciates member patience and understanding
Utility crews continue to battle the elements in an effort to repair massive damage caused by snow and ice.
The number of homes and businesses without electricity are decreasing, but those still dealing with no power could be impacted as late as Friday.
As of 9:30 p.m. Monday, approximately 14,000 Consumers Energy electric customers are without service due to the winter storm that began on Friday afternoon. Since that time, more than 170,000 customers have been affected by weather related outages..
The approximate numbers of Consumers Energy electric customers remaining without service in the following counties are as follows: Antrim (950);Benzie (2,200); Charlevoix (420); Cheboygan (200); Grand Traverse (2,000); Kalkaska (250); Leelanau (3,500);Manistee (2,200); Missaukee (1500); Ogemaw (90); Oscoda (1,000); Roscommon (220) and Wexford (720).
Consumers Electric customers in the hardest-hit counties, including Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Manistee, Oscoda, Roscommon and Wexford, may not receive electric service until Tuesday. Estimates will be updated as assessment and repairs continue.
As of 9am Monday, Cherryland Electric reports many members still without power.
Several workers kept at it through the night restoring power. It is very slow going with the deep snow and the amount of trees down. Fresh workers are at it this moring, currently there are crews in the Lake Ann area, Bingham and Suttons Bay area, Thompsonville, Copemish, Mayfield and Elmwood Twp.
Cherryland Electric brought in 7 more crews from around the state Sunday to help in the effort to restore power from the storm.
As of Sunday evening 7,000 customers were without power, down from a high of about 20,000 Saturday.
As of 1:00pm Monday, Cloverland Electric Cooperative line crews are responding to only a few individual outages at this time. Power has been restored to the majority of services affected by this weekend's storm.
Great Lakes Energy:
As of Monday 5:00pm, 14,867 Great Lakes Energy customers are without power throughout 18 counties in northern Michigan. Power has been restored to 42,392 members since the storm began late Friday night.
The heavy snow has caused severe damage to lines and poles throughout the Great Lakes Energy service area. Additional contracting crews are being called in from around the state to assist with the restoration efforts. Restoration efforts may continue into Wednesday for some areas.
All available Great Lakes Energy lineworker crews are working to restore power in 18 of the 26 counties served by Great Lakes Energy. Most of the remaining outages are in parts of Antrim, Charlevoix, Crawford, Emmet, Kalkaska, Lake and Otsego counties.
Current outage information by counties and townships that is updated every 15 minutes can be viewed on the Great Lakes Energy website, by clicking on Storm Central.
Presque Isle Electric & Gas:
Latest data predicts an estimated 16,500 power outages occurred across Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-opâ??s service area after more than a foot of heavy snow fell Friday night into Saturday. The snow load has now frozen onto trees, leaving them broken or sagging over roads and onto power lines.
Traverse City Light & Power:
Traverse City Light and Power reports about 28 customers remain out of service as of 9:30am Monday.
Some new outages are being reported due to falling trees.
TCLP line crews, along with crews from Lansing, Grand Haven, Lowell and Zeeland, continue to work at restoring power to the service area. Six tree crews from Indiana and three tree crews from downstate are also helping with the restoration effort. It is expected that some of the tree crews will stay in Traverse City for several days to help clean up from the storm.