TRI-CITY AREA — There's a good chance thousands of area residents will spend Christmas in the dark. As of Tuesday morning (Dec. 24), nearly 6,000 DTE Energy customers in Imlay City, Attica and Dryden were still without power.
According to the company's outage map, it appears some customers north of Imlay City, into Arcadia and Goodland townships saw their electricity restored over night.
DTE's spokesperson, Randi Berris, said trees falling on and taking down power lines are to blame for a bulk of this area's outages.
"They are not easy repairs and with this extremely cold weather and snow flurries, it only complicates things," she said.
"By Sunday morning we knew that Lapeer County and northern Oakland County were the hardest hit."
Crews from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio are assisting DTE with the repairs. Berris said they will continue logging 16 hour shifts, even on Christmas day.
Some areas of Imlay City were supposed to have their power back on last night. Now, DTE says, that likely won't happen until Thursday evening. It appears Dryden-area residents will also spend the holidays without power. They too won't see their electricity restored until Dec. 26.
DTE believes they can have some power restored in Attica later tonight.
They are encouraging customers in need of assistance to contact the American Red Cross at (810) 766-3653. DTE and the Red Cross have set up a warming shelter at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Lapeer at 1310 N. Main St.
Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.