Michigan Capitol, state buildings closed due to lack of heat


A sign tells visitors at the Michigan Capitol is closed due to no heat on Feb. 12, 2020.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Many government buildings in downtown Lansing have been closed due to a lack of heat following an issue at a power plant.

The Capitol building closed Tuesday, after the Senate and House canceled voting sessions over the heating problems. Many legislative hearings also were canceled.

The state of Michigan and city of Lansing closed various buildings, including courts.

The Lansing Board of Water & Light said its natural gas-fired power plant had an outage around 1 a.m., causing about 200 downtown customers to lose steam heat. The utility said it expected heat to be restored by the early afternoon.

The heating issue in the Capitol led to the cancellation of a kickoff event for the state’s 2020 Census efforts. It will be rescheduled.

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