TRI-CITY AREA — On Sunday night, around 8 p.m., DTE Energy announced they had restored power to all of the 200,000-plus customers affected by last weekend's ice storm.
Around 1,600 residents and businesses saw their electricity restored sometime on Sunday, Dec. 29.
"DTE understands how difficult it is to be without power, especially during the holidays.The company appreciates the patience of its customers during the restoration process," spokesperson Erica D. Donerson said in a statement.
"DTE would like to thank its employees, contractors and linemen from other utilities for their hard work."
DTE estimates that approximately 210,000 customers lost their power at some point within the last week. Some 150,000 people were in the dark soon after a severe ice storm swept through the region on Dec. 21 and 22. Another 60,000 lost electricity later in the week due to more harsh weather conditions.
Helping DTE Energy crews turn the lights back on were linesman from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio, along with 400 tree trimmers. Most put in 16 hour shifts, even on Christmas day.
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.