DTE working to restore power to tens of thousands after storms

DTE working to restore power to tens of thousands after storms

Posted: Updated:
Downed utility pole in Bloomfield Township Downed utility pole in Bloomfield Township
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) -

Five minutes in the midst of a storm stirred up all sorts of confusion. The wind was mean and on a mission. Bloomfield Township is where it seemed to focus its strength with tremendous force. A block of Lochridge got beat up bad.

"It's devastating to come outside, and the fire at the end of the street, that kept surging. I've never seen an electric fire. That fire was about as tall as my house at one point and as wide as two king mattresses," said a resident.

There are downed power lines by the dozens.

"We've got about 360 wire downs," said a DTE Energy spokesperson. "The damage is really amazing ... three foot trees just snapped in half like toothpicks."

At first count, 113,000 DTE customers were affected by the wicked weather. However, that number is coming down.

"Last night, we focused on the circuits that had 3,000 or more customers out of power at once, and when you do restoration activities, you take the most customers out and you slowly work down to the circuits with the least amount," the representative said.

DTE crews are working hard and putting in long hours. The goal is simple, getting everyone restored as fast as possible. Crews from Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania are making their way to Southeast Michigan to help.

"We think everybody should be restored by Sunday," the spokesperson said.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Clutch Cargo's returns to religious roots

    Clutch Cargo's returns to religious roots

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:54 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:54:45 GMT
    Clutch Cargo's, a southeastern Michigan church building that spent several years as a nightclub, reopened as a house of worship on Easter Sunday.
    Clutch Cargo's, a southeastern Michigan church building that spent several years as a nightclub, reopened as a house of worship on Easter Sunday.
  • Kraft Foods recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners

    Kraft Foods recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:51 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:51:36 GMT
    Kraft Foods is recalling approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because the products may contain Classic Cheese Dogs in the Classic Wieners' packages.
    Kraft Foods is recalling approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because the products may contain Classic Cheese Dogs in the Classic Wieners' packages.
  • Van Dyke improvement project underway in Warren, Centerline

    Van Dyke improvement project underway in Warren, Centerline

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:42 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:42:43 GMT
    A massive construction project is underway in Macomb County. If you travel on Van Dyke, you know how rough it is. Now, jackhammers are out there tearing up a two-and-a half mile stretch from 11 Mile to Chicago Rd.
    A massive construction project is underway in Macomb County. If you travel on Van Dyke, you know how rough it is. Now, jackhammers are out there tearing up a two-and-a half mile stretch from 11 Mile to Chicago Rd.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices