Power Outages Climbing in Most Areas, Declining in Others

By: News Ten
By: News Ten

Lansing Board of Water and Light is making progress in the battle to restore power to its customers. As of 4pm, Monday, The number of customers without power has gone down from 30,000 to 24,000. Additional customers are expected to be restored throughout the night. However the number of downed power lines reported has increased from 400 to 500. Coping with downed power lines is BWL's priority, based on public health and safety facilities and circuits with the highest number of customers without power. Residents are urged to stay 25 feet away from downed wires.

The BWL anticipates that a substantial portion of its customers will have power restored by the end of Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25. However, they must advise caution on this projection because ice-covered tree limbs and high winds and snow forecasted for Wednesday could hamper and/or reverse power restoration efforts.

The Board of Water & Light is aware of its outage areas. Residents can report a down power line by sending an email to custservice@lbwl.com, or by calling (517) 702-6006 or toll free at (800) 493-8009. Residents may also post a downed line message on the BWL's Facebook page or on SeeClickFlix. Please note that due to high call volumes, you may experience a busy signal and/or long wait times.

Consumers Energy says they will be working through the night as well. More than 2,500 Consumers Energy workers and field contractors are being dedicated to power restoration work. They will be joined Tuesday by the first crews from 11 states and Washington, D.C.

Here are the numbers of Consumers Energy customers in mid-Michigan without power as of 5pm, Monday, December 23:
- Ingham - 14,002
- Eaton - 16,306
- Clinton - 12,350
- Livingston - 3,668
- Ionia - 5,030
- Shiawassee - 20,104
- Gratiot - 4,988
Calhoun - 10,038

Currently, the estimated power restoration schedule for the hardest hit areas is:
Tuesday: Allegan, northern Kent and Saginaw counties;
Wednesday: Gratiot, Ionia, Montcalm and eastern Kent counties;
Thursday: Kalamazoo County, western Kent County and greater Grand Rapids;
Friday: Barry, Calhoun and Shiawassee counties;
Saturday: Some portions of Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Livingston, Oakland and Ottawa counties.

As of 4:30 p.m., 196,000 Consumers Energy customers were without power. In all, the storm has caused more than 297,000 outages for Consumers Energy.

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