Consumers Energy Releases Broad Power Restoration Estimate

By: News 1o
By: News 1o

Consumers gave this power restoration schedule today for the hardest hit areas:

Tuesday: Allegan, northern Kent and Saginaw counties
Wednesday: Gratiot, Ionia, Montcalm and Eastern Kent counties.
Thursday: Kalamazoo and western Kent counties, greater Grand Rapids
Friday: Barry, Calhoun and Shiawassee counties.
Saturday: Some portions of Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Livingston, Oakland and Ottawa counties.

More than 1,000 utility workers from as a far away as Kansas are headed to Michigan to help Consumers Energy crews restore widespread power outages.

In a mid-day update, Consumers Executive Mary Palkovich said "improving weather conditions have allowed crews to focus on making thousands of downed wires safe and to restore power."

However Palkovich warns "windier conditions predicted Wednesday may create additional outages or slow restoration work."

As of noon Monday, the county-by-county outage numbers are:

Calhoun 10,710
Clinton 12,767
Eaton 14,714
Gratiot 3,652
Ingham 14,996
Ionia 6,114
Shiawassee 20,560

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