2018-05-10 / Community

DTE assembles restoration effort

By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com

Photo by John Bonke Photo by John Bonke BAD AXE - DTE reported that there were more than 1,300 workers in the field working to restore power to customers throughout DTE’s service territory. As they were servicing the Thumb region, they estimated about 136 customers in Huron County without power as of Monday morning. DTE added that about 300,000 customers total were impacted by the high winds that blew through the service territory on Friday.

As of Monday morning, the utility said that it had restored power to 96 percent of all impacted customers and expected to have majority of the remaining customers restored by end of the day on Monday. Crew teams of three to four workers from seven states came to Bad Axe to help with restoration efforts. Workers were from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee, Iowa and Minnesota, with crews from northern Michigan assisting.

DTE reported that as of Monday morning, there were about 12,000 customers who remained without power and that crews would be working 16-hour shifts around the clock until everyone is restored.

“We are asking people to exercise caution when outdoors, as there were nearly 2,000 downed wires reported,” said DTE spokesperson Cynthia Hecht.

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