Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 5, 2012

Latest on power outages, shelters


Related story: Thousands still without power

UPDATE 10:55 a.m.

Traverse City Light and Power restored power to all but approximately 50 customers by 9:30 a.m. this morning. The utility expected to have the rest back on by noon today, spokeswoman Jessica Wheaton said.

Cherryland Electric Cooperative whittled its powerless customer numbers to about 7,000 this morning. About 20,000 of the cooperative’s 33,000 customers lost power at some point over the weekend. It could be early Tuesday before they restore power to most customers, and a few may not be back on the grid before mid-week. Customers can go to where there's a map of locations with outages. You can log in with e-bill info (if applicable) to see what's happening to your area specifically. To report an outage, call (800) 442-8616 or (231) 486-9200.

More than 20,000 Consumers Energy customers in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Manistee counties remain without power. Utility crews were continuing with repairs and Consumers is slated to issue an updated report late this morning.

UPDATE 8:30 a.m.

Consumers Energy updated its power outage numbers early Monday morning: In Antrim County, 2,100 remain without power; Benzie, 4,750; Grand Traverse, 4,200; Kalkaska, 300; Leelanau, 6,800. A press release stated that utility, line clearing and contract crews, including additional crews from Indiana and Illinois, will continue to restore power throughout the day. Customers north of U.S. 10 are expected to have power restored by midnight Monday. However, cusomters in the hardest-hit areas, including Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Manistee and Wexford counties may not receive electric service until Tuesday.

The Benzie County Sheriff's Office reported Sunday night that the county remained under a State of Emergency. "Much of the county is without power," a press release stated. "Major highways are clear, however many side roads remain snow-covered and/or littered with trees or power lines." Benzie residents needing medical help and shelter are encouraged to go to Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital. The Benzie Bus station is open to all others (see list of shelters at right). If you are unable to get to a shelter on your own, call the Benzie County Sheriff at (231) 882-4484 and transportation will be provided for you.

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