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Power restored to Lapeer County


Final outages fixed Sunday night



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December 30, 2013
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.
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    DTE outage
    December 30, 2013 | 07:45 PM

    Even though we were out of power for 3 and a half days,I think the electrical workers did their best considering the conditions they were dealing with. We saw them working hard day and night. On their website they only take complaints so this is the only way I can say "thank you for a job well done".

    Barb Mobley
    ATTICA
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    Thank You DTE Linesman
    December 30, 2013 | 08:40 PM

    Thank you one and all for working long and hard through the holidays to get our power back on. I hope your families who were without you on Christmas know just how appreciative we are that you were out working in the cold on our behalf.

    Alan
    Lapeer
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