3,000 DTE customers in Washtenaw County remain without power Thursday afternoon
Two days after a winter storm swept through Washtenaw County, knocking down tree limbs and breaking power lines, about 3,000 people remain without power, according to DTE Energy.
Melanie Maxwell I AnnArbor.com
Spokesman Alejandro Bodipo-Memba said less than 3,000 people remained without power in the county just before 5 p.m. Thursday. That’s down from approximately 27,000 people who lost power in Washtenaw County due to the storm.
Bodipo-Memba said 95 percent of the people who were lost power due to the storm in southeast Michigan have had it restored. According to the company’s outage map, most of those remained in Washtenaw County.
“We do expect to get virtually everybody back by midnight tonight,” Bodipo-Memba said.
According to the company’s outage map, the largest area without power before 5 p.m. Thursday was on the edge of Pittsfield Township and Ypsilanti Township, just southeast of West Michigan Avenue and U.S.-23.
Pockets of customers without power littered the city of Ann Arbor, Dexter area, Chelsea area and the Ypsilanti area.
There were reports from some DTE customers that their power would not come back on until Friday morning, causing some to worry about how they would see out the week.
The winter storm left seven inches of snow in some parts of Ann Arbor. The damp, heavy snow caused tree limbs around the area to fall, often bringing power lines with them.
Dexter and Ypsilanti schools remained closed Thursday because of power outages and other schools scattered throughout the area canceled classes due to darkened buildings.