Consumers Energy Restoring Power, Monitoring Michigan River Levels

Consumers Energy lineworkers restoring power Sunday in the Grand Rapids area.
Consumers Energy lineworkers restoring power Sunday in the Grand Rapids area.

As power restoration work continues from last weekend’s storm, we’re also closely monitoring river levels near several of our hydroelectric plants and working with local emergency management officials to keep local residents apprised of possible flooding.

More than 110,000 electric customers have lost power since Saturday’s thunderstorms and 60 mph winds whipped across the state. As of 11 a.m. Monday about 39,660 customers remained without service.

Most customers without power since Saturday evening should be restored by late tonight. In the Grand Rapids and Muskegon areas, which bore the brunt of Saturday’s rough weather, some customers will not have their power restored until Tuesday.

As of 11:45 a.m., areas most affected by electric interruptions are Genesee (3,353); Gratiot (863); Isabella (1,955); Kent (4,539); Lenawee (1,267) Mecosta (2,423); Midland (3,599); Montcalm (3,760); Muskegon (7,050); Newaygo (1,680) and Shiawassee (4,566).

VIDEO:  How Consumers Energy Restores Power in Michigan

Meanwhile, we’re closely monitoring elevated river levels below Hardy and Croton dams on the Muskegon River in Newaygo County and below Tippy Dam in Manistee due to heavy rains and flooding conditions. The hydroelectric plants are all operating as designed and there is no threat to the dam structures. Consumers Energy owns and operates 13 hydroelectric plants across Michigan, including facilities on the Au Sable and Grand Rivers, which are also being monitored.

More than 100 Consumers Energy and 80 contractor lineworker crews have been working in the storm-damaged areas along with more than 100 Consumers Energy contractor line clearing crews to restore energy service to Michigan communities.
In addition, electric companies in Indiana and Ohio have sent about 40 crews to help restore service to Consumers Energy customers.

Check regularly for updated restoration information at the online outage map, where outages can also be reported and power outage information is available. The online map may be accessed by both computers and mobile devices.

Updated restoration information is also being shared on Consumers Energy’s Facebook page.

Staying Safe During Storms and Severe Weather

  • Stay at least 25 feet away from any downed wires and to report them immediately by calling 9-1-1 or Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050. VIDEO: Down Power Line Safety
  • Be alert to crews working along roads. Drivers should slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear so they safely can go past workers on roadsides.
  • If using a generator, contact a licensed electrician to ensure that it is properly connected and, for the safety of our line workers, make certain it is isolated from the company’s electric distribution system. Never use a generator in an attached garage, basement or near any air intakes, and never fuel a generator when it is running.
  • In some cases, the mast which holds the electric service wires to a customer’s home or business may have been damaged or torn away. Crews will reconnect the wires to a home, but only a licensed electrician can repair or replace a mast or a cable.