Worries About Weather Extending Ice Storm Restoration

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

"Branches that have ice on them, that if melt, could bounce back up. That can effect wires, so there could be some residual work beyond Saturday," said Mary Palkovich, Consumers Energy spokesperson.

 

LANSING (WILX)-- Utility companies are warning customers that restoration dates may have to be pushed back. While the work is continuing at a good pace, authorities say they're worried about the unknown forcing them to work beyond the weekend.

Five days in the dark has been long enough, Bud Piper and his neighbors are worried that their homes in Kensington Meadows have been forgotten.

"We tried to call but we can't get through to BWL," said Piper.

"It's been kinda frustrating, it hasn't been easy," said neighbor John Mojica.

Surrounded by homes with power, their small pocket of no electricity will probably be one of the last areas to be fixed. According to Board of Water and Light General Manager J. Peter Lark that might not be anytime soon.

"A small transformer in a neighborhood will still be out following the weekend," said Lark.

Lark plans to be done with major projects by the end of Sunday.

"I believe by the end of this weekend we will have fewer than a thousand customers remaining without power."

Consumers Energy is still predicting Saturday as their finish date, but nothing is set in stone. Consumers Energy sent out a notice Thursday warning that warmer weekend weather could cause issues.

"Branches that have ice on them, that melt, could bounce back up. That can effect wires, so there could be some residual work beyond Saturday," said Mary Palkovich, Consumers Energy spokesperson.

Lark says he's concerned as well.

"It's very hard to know how the weather is going to treat us. Moreover we have additional limbs that continue to fall."

It's turning out to be the worst storm damage utility companies have seen this century.

"We've done research, no storm like this one in the Lansing area for really the past one hundred years," said Lark.

Lansing City Council will hold a special meeting regarding the ice storm on Monday. The BWL is expected to talk about storm damage and repairs. Plus, there will be updates on both the warming shelters and the process to remove branches and limbs around the city. We'll let you know what they say on Monday.


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