After last week’s winter storm, I think we are all ready for spring. The severe weather that hit Lower Michigan caused severe damage to our electric system and left a total of more than 214,000 of our customers without power. Up to 11 inches of snow fell in some parts of the state from Sunday afternoon, Feb. 20, through early Monday, Feb. 21, while up to three-quarters of an inch of ice accumulated in areas south of the I-94 corridor.
If that wasn’t enough, melting ice and increased winds throughout the day on Thursday, Feb. 24, caused an additional 21,000 of our customers to lose power. Conditions became even more challenging when an additional 2-4 inches of snow fell on Friday morning, Feb. 25.
Approximately 7,750 downed wires were reported during the week and more than 500 utility, line clearing and contract crews worked to restore power. More than 150 Consumers Energy crews from around the state were brought to Southern Michigan along with 70 contractor crews, 120 crews from utilities in Indiana and Ohio, and more than 170 contract forestry crews. All these crews worked extended hours to respond to wire downs and to restore power.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as crews worked to restore power in some very challenging conditions. A thank you also goes to the many community agencies that provided assistance in the aftermath of the storm. Let’s hope that spring is just around the corner.