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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  • by Thanks Location: Hillsdale on Feb 28, 2011 at 09:43 AM
    people need to step back and realize that these linemen worked 16 hours a day, AFTER working a 24 hour day on sunday...they worked in the rain, the dark, the cold and the snow, in extremely dangerous conditions. Most of these guys worked 7 days straight, only stoping to eat.. So please, maybe a big thank you is needed to these men who put their lives at risk while you sat at home and complained. Thank you to ALL the linemen from near and far who stepped up to help during this 2011 Ice storm !!!! May you all get to go home and get some sleep and enjoy your familes !!!
  • by lansing623 on Feb 27, 2011 at 08:06 PM
    stop your crying, and thank the crews who spent 14 hours a day cleaning up the trees and such to get to power. its not an easy job, and a big thank you to the county road crews that worked around the clock to make the rosds safer. sounds like some are ungrateful...
  • by Jon Location: Hillsdale on Feb 27, 2011 at 04:27 PM
    I went a week with out power. What this did for us is open our eyes to how we need to better prepare. Consumers Energy isn't the only ones who got caught with their pants down. We as adault citizens need to prepare for things like this, cause it can and obviously does happen! What will happen if what NASA fears does come true and we have a massive solar flare sending a EMP to earth wipeing out our entire electrical grid!? They estimate 6 to 9 years to fully recover form it. Earth was hit by one in the 1800's killing the telegraph lines. It can happen again! Or how about a terrorist attack. Just do your self a favor & start prepping, food, water storage for shot term and long term. There is a cost to it, but is your family and piece of mind worth it? Start now! Walmart was SOLD OUT of D cell batterys with in hours, & only had about 30 galons of water left on the shelf. NO BACK STOCK!! they call it just in time delivery. Be smart start prepping.
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