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1,300 DTE Customers In Roseville Left Without Power For More Than 24 Hours

"It’s pretty rough," one resident told WWJ.

July 11, 2019 - 9:17 pm
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ROSEVILLE, Mich. (WWJ) -- Nearly 1,300 DTE Energy customers in Roseville were left without power for more than 24 hours as the heat temperatures rose on Thursday.

DTE reported an equipment problem Wednesday afternoon and initially reported it would be corrected by 10:30 p.m. last night, but the issue persisted into Thursday as temperatures in the area climbed into the 90s. 

DTE officials say power was restored around 9:15 p.m. Thursday. DTE had pushed back the estimated time of restoration multiple times during the outage. 

The power reportedly came on for short spurts, only to go back off shortly thereafter, over the last day and a half. The affected area was roughly bounded by I-696 and 11 Mile Road to the north, Hayes Road to the west, 10 Mile Road to the south and as far east as Dodge Street, which is located several blocks west of Gratiot Avenue.

A DTE spokesperson told WWJ late Thursday afternoon they experienced equipment failure, causing excessive damage to some of their equipment, but she did not specify the details of the issue.

"Our crews have been working all day and they worked through the night to work quickly and safely to restore power to customers that were impacted," Je'well Pearson said.

Check the DTE outage map for the latest updates.

One resident told WWJ's Jon Hewett the outage gave her family a bit of a health scare, as her mother, who has COPD, was having trouble breathing in the heat inside her house while she was away at work on Wednesday.

"I had to come home and get her and my daughter. We went to my brother’s house and then it came back on, we were trying to cool off, then the lights went back off at like 10:15 last night and we’ve been without. It’s pretty rough," she said on Thursday.

Many residents have had to worry about their food spoiling inside their refrigerators.

"My food’s starting to thaw now, so that’s what I’m worried about," one resident said.

DTE has not specified what is causing the outage in Roseville, but experienced several additional outages across metro Detroit on Wednesday that have all been corrected.

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