After a historic outage that left more than 800,000 Michiganders without power for days, forcing stores to close and food to rot, energy companies say this is the final push.
As of 2 p.m. Saturday, 160,526 DTE customers and 88,082 Consumers Energy customers remain without power.
“We are grateful to our Consumers Energy, contractor and mutual assistance crews dedicated to restoring power quickly and safely to customers who lost power during this week’s violent storm system,” said Guy Packard, Consumers Energy’s vice president for electric operations, in a Saturday news release. “We also appreciate the continued patience and cooperation of our customers as we make this final push to get the lights back on for everyone.”
Consumers Energy predicts all restoration work will be completed by the end of the weekend.
DTE maintains that around 95% of their outages will be restored by the end of Sunday.
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“We understand how hard it is for our customers and ourselves to be without power, and we have assigned 2,800 line workers in the field today working 16-hour shifts to safely restore customers as quickly as possible,” a Saturday morning news release said.
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