Power outage closes Portland schools Thursday

Ionia County
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PORTLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — A power outage cut classes short for students at Portland Public Schools Thursday.

The district announced Thursday morning it would be ending all classes early, starting with the high school and middle school at 9:15 a.m.  The district said Oakwood and Westwood was releasing students at 10:30 a.m. Students who normally ride the bus will be transported home and drop-off students will need to be picked up at their school.

Approximately 1,829 homes and businesses in Ionia, Eaton and Barry counties were without power because of an equipment failure, a Consumers Energy’s power outage map showed. That included 450 customers in Ionia County.

Consumers Energy said “equipment failure” was to blame for the outage, which was first reported at 7:44 a.m. The company’s outage map showed power fully restored Thursday afternoon, but Portland said there were still additional outages within the city.

“Although extended power outages are extremely rare for the City, we have the best teams in the state to get back on the grid. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and are working hard to resolve the issue,” City Manager S. Tutt Gorman stated.

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