Fewer Power Outages Than Expected After Ice Storm Hits Metro Detroit

"We’ve been able to quickly repair anything that’s come up."

WWJ News
January 12, 2020 - 12:40 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) -- Thousands of metro Detroiters woke up Sunday morning to no power and icy roads.

Though the damage to power lines was less severe than officials had planned for, roads were still icy all across the area after rain pounded southeast Michigan all day Saturday, before freezing overnight as temperatures dropped into the 20s.

DTE Energy says at the peak, about 9,500 customers were without power across the company's service territory, including in the Thumb region. As of 8 p.m. Sunday, there were still roughly 2,000 customers affected by the outages.

Check the DTE power outage map

DTE spokesperson Amanda Passage says crews were dispatched in advance of the ice storm, prepared for the worst.

"We also, in this particular case, had sent our crews to two specific areas where we were expecting to get particularly hard to have them already there so they were safe as well so they weren’t traveling in the weather conditions. We had some key areas where were already set up and ready to go if weather were to take a turn for the worse and we were to have a high number of outages," Passage told WWJ.

The damage never got as bad as they had expected, and nearly all the outages in the metro Detroit area had been taken care of.

"We’ve been able to quickly repair anything that’s come up," Passage said.

Craig Bryson with the Road Commission for Oakland County says they dispatched more than 70 trucks to help salt the roads and keep driving conditions as safe as possible.

Roads were expected to be back to normal by Sunday afternoon, but Michigan State Police First Lt. Mike Shaw is still urging drivers to drive slow and be patient on the roads.

"We’re still reminding people that as they step out there, their porches are going to be icy, the roads are icy, so make sure you clean off your car so you can see and just take your time this morning if you have to head out," Shaw told WWJ.

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