Approximately 10,000 Board of Water and Light customers are without power right now, said the BWL's Mark Nixon.
Nixon said the affected areas are scattered but include parts of Downtown Lansing, East Lansing, and Lansing's West side.
He said something internal had gone wrong at a substation within the Eckert Plant complex and that the outage was not weather-related.
He said the Board's phone lines seem to be tied up as the operators try to handle the situation. We got busy signals after repeated calls to the BWL.
Nixon said the Board will be routing affected customers to another circuit and that they should gradually regain power. He said that could take a few hours or longer.
A Red Cross representative said the power outage has affected 40 to 50 percent of the city.
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