2017-03-16 / Front Page

High winds last week leave 11,000 without power

By Gary Gould
810-452-2650 • ggould@mihomepaper.com

Repairmen worked to restore electricity and cable services, March 8-9. 
Photo by Gary Gould Repairmen worked to restore electricity and cable services, March 8-9. Photo by Gary Gould DAVISON AREA — Sustained high winds and powerful gusts last week left more than 11,000 Consumers Energy customers in Davison and the surrounding area without electricity last week.

Since the morning of March 3, more than 300,000 customers statewide were affected by downed trees and power lines due to high winds, the highest recorded at 61 mph for the Flint area.

At the time of publication, Consumers was still trying to reach all of the household affected, but all of Davison had power restored.

“Service restoration continues,” said Consumers spokesman Kevin Keane on social media over the weekend. “More than 2,200 people are engaged in the storm restoration effort. An additional 181 crews are arriving from utilities in Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Indiana; 40 of the crews are already on the ground to assist the crews in Michigan.”

Gov. Rick Snyder activated the state’s Emergency Operations Center March 9 to closely monitor and share information as increasing reports of storm damage and power outages across the state became available from local communities and utilities.

“As Michiganders are struggling with storm damage and power outages from some of the extreme winds that are blowing through the state, our first priority is the safety and security of residents,” Snyder said. “Utility companies have been spending much of the afternoon just trying to get a handle on how many lines are down and how best to restore power as quickly as possible.”

The Davison-Richfield Fire Department was also kept busy during the wind storm, dealing with everything from downed power lines to assisting senior citizens living at Braidwood Manor who were without power for two days.

The fire department issued a statement on social media after the storm.

“…we would like to publicly thank all of our firefighters who were at the station and/or running calls (March 8) for over 14 hours. Many calls for assistance were answered without any major hiccups or shortage of personnel and everyone was able to go home after things settled down last night. Along with that, a job well done to our 911 dispatch center...they were extremely busy all day and gave a 110-percent effort helping everyone through the weather event.”

The Davison City Council met March 12 and councilmembers spoke praise of police, fire and Department of Public works employees who worked tirelessly during the storm and power outages.

“Local fire fighters put in 14 hour shift that day,” said Councilman Ron Emery. “The DPW, I know, was out. Everyone did a great job.”

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