LANSING - Lansing Board of Water and Light says as of 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon, approximately 4,157 of its customers are without power. They says that represents just 4% of their total customers. Today's gains were diminished by some loses. Additional outages occurred while crews restored power to other homes for a net gain today of 243 outages.
Consumers Energy reports that 7,118 customers remain without their electricity as of 4:30pm. In Eaton County it is 6,092 and in Clinton County it is 5,241.
Consumers energy still estimates that it should have the bulk of homes restored to power on Saturday. They temper this estimate by saying ice melting from branches may cause the branches to snap back, resulting in new outages.
The Board of Water and Light estimates that fewer than 1,000 of its customers will be without electricity by the end of Sunday, December 29th.
The Board of Water and Light also wants to emphasize to homeowners and business owners that they have a responsibility to get private electricians to address some issues.
BWL issued this statement: "In order to assist the BWL to restore power to homes and businesses with downed lines, customers should please note the following: BWL power lines connect to a home or business at the vertical pole or "mast" on the sides buildings, or "house knobs" - those little knobs attached to the building. If the mast or house knobs are damaged or down, it's the customers responsibility to hire an electrician to repair the items before the BWL can reattach the power line to the building. The meter - which records the amount of electricity used - is BWL equipment. The meter is the BWL's responsibility to maintain or repair. Go to www.lbwl.com for more information."
BWL is also noting street intersections that continue to be without power:
Pleasant Grove/Mount Hope
Delta River/Grand River
South Creyts/Saint Joseph
Techumseh River/Grand River
The Board of Water & Light is aware of its outage areas. Residents can report a down power line by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (517) 702-6006 or toll free at 877-295-5001. 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.