600 People Live A Week Without Power

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

More than 200,000 people lost power from last weeks storm. After nearly a week, power has been restored to the last 600 people in Hillsdale County. Rachelle Wilson is one of those who waited several days and still has a down power line in her yard.

"When the power came back on, (the broken power line) it shot out sparks. We keep the kids inside and near the house," said Rachelle Wilson, who lives in Hillsdale County.

She has made four calls to Consumers Energy and is frustrated to still have a trailer without power. She says living without electricity has been a daily struggle.

"It is very challenging especially with kids and baths. We had to go to the spring to get water to flush," said Wilson.

Consumers Energy had more than 500 crews from across the state, Ohio and Indiana to help get lines back up. A spokesperson says a tornado would have been less damage than this ice storm.

"A tornado will touch down and damage one location. This was system wide damage. In my 33 years, I have not seen a storm this devastating," said Barbara Mitzel, an area manager for Consumers Energy.

In some areas, a half inch to an inch of ice accumulated, snapping poles and trees onto power lines. A Consumers Energy spokesperson says in nearly every case, they had to clear trees and debris before they began repairs.

Many customers think consumers energy should be better prepared.

"A week is just too long. This is the 21st century and people deserve power," said Lana Herman, who lives in Jackson County.

Despite their long wait, customer's admit their day was instantly brightened when the lights turned back on.

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