About 16K Still Without Power in Michigan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) -- About 16,500 homes and businesses remain without power a week after a massive ice storm swept across parts of Michigan.

Jackson-based Consumers Energy reports Saturday afternoon that its outages were down to 8,100 from 413,000 customers who lost power beginning last Saturday.

Detroit-based DTE Energy reports that about 5,400 customers still were out following the storm and harsh weather Christmas week. The utility says it suffered more than 200,000 total outages.

The Lansing Board of Water & Light reports on its website that 3,000 customers still have no service. The utility says about 40,000 of its customers had power knocked out.

The utilities expect power to be restored to most by this weekend, but fear melting ice on tree branches could fall on power lines as temperatures rise.

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