From bucket trucks to boats, we got the job done to restore power to our members. On Thursday, one crew took to the water to pull a downed line out of a swampy pond in Volinia Township, while a second crew worked from the ground and pole. It was one of the many heroic and creative efforts to restore power this week.
Ferocious wind storms with gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour began Wednesday and canvassed our entire service territory into the evening. Early Wednesday afternoon more than 7000 were without power as the storms caused broken poles and many downed trees and power lines. The unusual late-winter storm caused record-breaking power outages across the entire state, and was the second major storm in a week in southwest Michigan, following last week’s event that included three confirmed tornadoes.
Gov. Rick Snyder, in a press briefing with officials from the state’s two biggest utilities, called the windstorm “the largest combined statewide” power outage event in Michigan history. “Every corner of the state was affected by this storm,” he said.
The widespread nature of the outages, combined with the extensive damage, made restoration a time- and labor-intensive process. Because the entire state was impacted, we were limited in our ability to access mutual aid or additional contract crews. Crews worked around the clock through Friday to get all outages restored.
It’s all in a day’s work for our members!