More Outages; BWL Reports Setbacks

By: News 10
By: News 10

At a time when so many are desperate to get their lights back on, Saturday night the Board of Water and Light reported line problems and thawing trees have caused the number of outages in Lansing to increase.

BWL said outages have risen to 4,500 customers.

The utility said it will have crews working at or near the following intersections Saturday night:
Pattengill/Barnes
Michigan/Renker
N. Grand River/Edgebrook
Irvington/Pennsylvania
W. Saginaw/Carey
Mt Hope/Sunnyside
Miller/Washington
Jolly/Washington
Northeast/Community
Blue Lagoon/St. Joe
Hagadorn/Burcham (E. Lansing)
Coolidge/Grand River (E. Lansing)
Saginaw/Harrison (E. Lansing)
Orchard St./Ann St (E. Lansing)

Once crew members are available they will work near the following intersections:
Walsh/Pennsylvania
MLK/Jolly
David/White
Saginaw/Waverly Rd
Richard/Yunker

Saturday the utility had 18 line crews making repairs. 10 additional crews will begin work on Sunday.

That's in addition to the three electric service crews, nine spotter crews and 12 tree trimming crews working Saturday. Another two tree trimming crews will be added Sunday.

The announcement of setbacks will be difficult for the thousands in the dark and dozens of people who demonstrated against BWL Saturday.

While the demonstrators are grateful to the hardworking power crews, they feel BWL hasn't fulfilled its duty.

"To be without power for seven days in the icy Michigan winter is unacceptable," said Peter Alegi, who was at the rally. "Communication has been poor, the service has been very poor and we are upset about it and we're speaking out."

The demonstrators demanded the power be restored by Sunday at 10 p.m.

BWL has not estimated when all its customers will have their power restored.


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