Still Unplugged: DTE Scrambles to Fix Downed Lines by Wednesday Eve

July 23, 2019, 8:16 AM

Electric power restoration efforts continue Tuesday, though not fast enough for about 91,000 DTE Energy customers still unplugged this morning.

(Photo: WXYZ video)

"The stretch of mass power outages that began Friday night enters its fifth day," James David Dickson writes at the top of his Detroit News coverage. As of 9 p.m. Monday, 140,000 had been offline.

The utility's timetable remains: All customers should be restored by the end of the day Wednesday. Some 600,000 households and businesses lost power. . . .

The company's outage map shows a high concentration of outages south of Interstate 696 and east of Interstate 275.

About 2,000 workers, 1,100 from DTE and about 900 from elsewhere, have been working staggered, 16-hour shifts since the storms hit. 

Online requests for a state-mandated $25 billing credit can be made for those who've been without power at least 120 hours (five days). Yes, that dollar amount is correct -- though it may seem far from appropriate to those with spoiled food and disrupted lives.

Affected sites include a public radio group station:

DTE is giving out ice and water to customers in areas with extended outages. Vans are at these sites from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday:

  • Lincoln Park: Kroger store near Dix and Southfield roads
  • Westland/Inkster: Kroger on Michigan Avenue near Merriman Road
  • Livonia: Near Costco at Middlebelt Road and I-96
  • Madison Heights: Costco on Stephenson Highway
  • Dearborn Heights: Kroger on John Daly and Ford Road

(Photo: WDIV video)

Read more:  The Detroit News

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