42,000 celebrate Christmas without power after weekend ice storm - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

42,000 DTE customers celebrate Christmas without power after weekend ice storm

Posted: Updated:
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. (WJBK) -

As of 9 p.m. Tuesday (Christmas Eve) approximately 42,000 customers throughout DTE Energy's Southeast Michigan service are still without power after the ice storm hit the region Saturday night.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear from some of those residents in a report from Fox 2's Randy Wimbley

DTE estimates the vast majority of customers impacted will be restored sometime Wednesday as crews continue to work 16-hour shifts around the clock.
The majority of the power outages are in Oakland and Lapeer counties.

DTE is working with the American Red Cross to provide a warming shelter, food, blankets and water to customers in Lapeer County, one of the hardest hit areas. The Red Cross asks customers seeking assistance to contact their Disaster Relief Team at 810-348-3653.

DTE crews are mustering at Lapeer high schools to ensure efficient restoration for customers in the hardest hit areas of Lapeer and northern Oakland counties. Additional crews also are stationed in Howell to assist with restoration in Livingston County.

Hundreds of DTE employees and contractors will continue working 16-hour shifts around the clock throughout Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to restore power to our customers. About 500 linemen from utilities in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio are assisting with restoration efforts. In addition, more than 400 tree trimmers are helping to clear lines.

Ice storms differ from thunderstorms because the damage from ice often continues for several days. A quarter of an inch of ice is the equivalent of 500 pounds of weight on a span of power line. In some areas, as much as three-quarters of an inch has been found on DTE Energy power lines.

DTE Energy cautions its customers to accurately report their outages and/or downed power lines. Accurate reporting is crucial for DTE to respond with the correct resources. Incorrect reporting slows the restoration process.

Customers can report an outage, check on the status of an outage, and view our outage map, all from their smart phones. Customers also may call DTE Energy at (800) 477-4747 to report power outages or downed lines

To get the latest on when power may be restored and to see where outages are located, use the DTE Outage map.  GO TO: http://www.dteenergy.com/map/outage.html

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Treasury Secretary visiting Detroit on jobs push

    Treasury Secretary visiting Detroit on jobs push

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-04-24 14:01:35 GMT
    U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew plans to visit Detroit to explore ways to promote job creation and economic growth.  Lew on Thursday evening plans to convene a meeting with foundation leaders to discuss ways the nonprofit sector can help.
    U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew plans to visit Detroit to explore ways to promote job creation and economic growth.  Lew on Thursday evening plans to convene a meeting with foundation leaders to discuss ways the nonprofit sector can help.
  • General Motors 1Q profit dragged down by recalls

    General Motors 1Q profit dragged down by recalls

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:26 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:26:35 GMT
    General Motors on Thursday reported its worst quarterly performance in more than four years as the costs of a series of recalls dragged down earnings.
    General Motors on Thursday reported its worst quarterly performance in more than four years as the costs of a series of recalls dragged down earnings.
  • Historic Detroit apartments to receive massive makeover

    Historic Detroit apartments to receive massive makeover

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:11:29 GMT
    Several blighted buildings in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood will soon look like new. Groundbreaking is expected at four buildings in the Cass-Davenport Historic District, an area first developed in the early 1900s near Cass Ave. and Martin Luther King Blvd.
    Several blighted buildings in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood will soon look like new. Groundbreaking is expected at four buildings in the Cass-Davenport Historic District, an area first developed in the early 1900s near Cass Ave. and Martin Luther King Blvd.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices