Consumers Energy: Power back to most five days after storm

Michigan

Crews work to restore power after storms knocked out power for hundreds of thousands in Michigan. (Aug. 12, 2021)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Consumers Energy says it has restored power to most of the hundreds of thousands who lost service during storms last week.

Between Tuesday night and Thursday morning, around 370,000 customers lost power in total, Consumers said. The Jackson-based utility called it one of its 10 most significant outages ever, saying more than 7,000 wires were down and over 200 poles were damaged statewide.

Around 2,000 lineworkers, including contract crews and crews from several other states, were put to work around the clock to restore service to everyone, but the process still took days.

By Sunday night, service had been restored to more than 98% of customers, Consumers said. Most of the remaining outages were expected to be restored Sunday night into Monday.

On Monday morning, southern counties like Branch, Calhoun, Hillsdale and St. Joseph still had the largest number of outages, with thousands still without service.

Consumers has been sponsoring events during the outages for customer and will continue to do so in the coming days. Information can be found on its Facebook page.

Customers who do not have power for more than 120 hours, or five days, can apply for credit on Consumers Energy’s website, the company said.

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