Crews Continuing Work to Restore Power on Christmas Eve

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LANSING (WILX)-- The lights are slowly coming back on for Board of Water and Light customers. But in some areas not every home on the block is getting power when others are. You might be waiting for the power company to restore your electricity when what you actually need is an electrician.

"If you have a meter box and mast torn off the house then you need to get an electrician to put it back up. Those are the ones we can't put on," said Eddie Whitcomb, BWL Line Crew Leader.

Homes with broken meter boxes or masts will be left in the dark. Utility companies don't have the authority or equipment to fix them. Leaving it up to the homeowner to restore their own power.

"If you get it done before we come; when all the neighbors get their power back on you will as well," said Whitcomb.

The utility crews main concern is the neighborhoods electrical source, or circuit. Once they repair the circuit, the power should return hundreds of homes at a time.

"Most of it right now is big circuits. Last I heard we will have 18 circuits still locked out," said Mike Smith, Lineman for BWL.

That's no easy fix, especially when they first have to get hundreds of tree limbs off downed powerlines for safety concerns.

Once the main circuit is fixed, the crew goes down the line for individual homes. Who's been out longer or who has more damage doesn't matter, the closer the home is to the circuit the sooner it'll get power.

"Once in an area we try to get everybody we can," said Whitcomb.

BWL says a substantial amount of its customers should have power back by Wednesday evening. However, if more ice-covered limbs fall on lines that could push back restoration time even further.

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