"With the rate of the tree limbs still falling and the projected snow, we are just pushing through it," said Stephen Serkaian, BWL spokesperson.
LANSING (WILX)-- Getting the lights on for customers is proving to be a huge task. Utility crews have been working non-stop since the ice storm hit Saturday night, but the numbers remain high.
As of 5 pm Monday:
BWL is reporting 24,000 customers without power.
Consumers Energy is reporting 196,000 customers without power.
Clinton County (12,350);
Eaton County (16,306);
Ingham County (14,002);
Ionia County (5,030);
"Our hope is by the end of Christmas Eve Day a good share of the 24 thousand remaining customers will be restored with power," said BWL spokesperson Stephen Serkaian.
BWL has 10 crews out in the field, each working 16 hour shifts.
Priority is going to major circuits first. Each circuit will bring the power back to more than a thousand customers at a time. But with more than 500 trees reported down over power lines the repairs are going slow.
"With the rate of the tree limbs still falling and the projected snow, we are just pushing through it," said Serkaian.
Consumers Energy is reporting many of their customers won't be getting power until Saturday. They have 350 crews out working around the clock.
Hospitals and police stations are their first priority, then the area's with the highest number of power outages. You can find out if a crew is coming to your area by checking the Consumers Energy Outage Map. Click on the link >>>
Both Consumers Energy and BWL have had to compete for help from crews around the state. BWL has crews from Grand Havan, Traverse City, Holland in Lansing to help for the rest of the week. Consumers Energy has brought in crews from Washington D.C., and Kansas to help with getting the power back on.
The crews understand the frustration of the power being out, and do appreciate the patience. They're doing what they can, as fast as they can.
We will keep you updated with the restoration prediction times as they are updated around 11 pm Monday.
Remember to be sure to stay at least 25 feet away from downed lines, and call 2-1-1 to report them. In addition, many traffic lights are still out, so approach them as four-way stops.