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Posted on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 11:47 a.m.

Hundreds of DTE customers without power in Washtenaw County

By Ben Freed

A brief power outage occurred Monday morning affecting about 6,878 homes and businesses in east Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Township and Ypsilanti.

Detroit Edison spokesman Alejandro Bodipo-Memba said that outage was not caused by recent inclement weather. Thousands of customers across Michigan, including hundreds in Washtenaw County, have been without power due to high winds Sunday.


DTE's outage map as of 11:30 a.m. Monday. A spokesman said power was restored to the large outage area.

DTE outage map screen shot

“This is just an outage caused by issues that occur from time to time,” he said.

The outages were first reported at 9:45 a.m. Monday. The two causes of outage listed on DTE’s website are “Area outage” and “outage due to an auto-protection device.”

The outages ranged from Packard Road between Carpenter Road and Hewitt Road northwards stopping just below Plymouth Road. It affected most of the north side of Washtenaw Avenue between US-23 and Hewitt Road including some of Washtenaw Community College’s campus.

As of 11:20 a.m. Bodipo-Memba said that all power to those customers had been restored. He said the cause of the outage is currently unclear and is under investigation by DTE.

Additionally, a DTE news release stated that 120,000 customers across the state lost power due to high winds Sunday night, with approximately 25,000 still without electricity. An estimation using DTE’s power outage map shows that approximately 350 of those outages came in Washtenaw County.

Wayne County was hit hardest by the storm, with 5,900 customers losing power. DTE expects to have 90 percent of the outages across their service area restored by Monday evening.

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Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 8:37 a.m.

I called DTE as soon as my power went out and was told they were experienceing "frequent outages" in the area. When the winds were whipping the night before we had power. When a light snowfall began this am with no wind, no power. Maybe they need to upgrade old systems/wiring to avoid these "frequent outages"? Fortunately power was restored within a few hours, a whole day in these temps with no heat was not the day I had in mind.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 11:57 p.m.

Smart Meters_Smart Grid ???? I drove by Rite aid (packard/Platt) at 9 PM Sunday Night. It was Totally Dark, and was 18'F outside ! Sub Way also. Smart Meters/Grid can shut off service via network control. Hardware or a software Hack needs to be questioned. Good thing DTE is a Public Company and this info should be transparent? They told me the problem was non specific.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 6:31 p.m.

"This is just an outage caused by issues that occur from time to time," Really? He might as well have said "you'll have that...". This is maybe the 5th time in the last 12 months I've lost power at home. That's pretty often for a non-specific issue, since I live just off Washtenaw (ie. it's not like I'm in the boonies somewhere).

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Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 10:47 p.m.

i posted some information other's could use and i get removed?!?

Ben Freed

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 6:44 p.m.

I've reached out to DTE again to try to get more specific information about the outages. I'll keep you updated when they get back to me. Ben


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 5:46 p.m.

"This is just an outage caused by issues that occur from time to time," he said Soo the wind isnt the cause. Should have a better back up plan then when it happens and its 12 degrees outside!!!!!


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 5:41 p.m.

""This is just an outage caused by issues that occur from time to time," he said." Anyone else hear a French accent and see a shrug?

dading dont delete me bro

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 5:11 p.m.

"... that outage was not caused by recent inclement weather." ya, whatever...timing still isn't ideal and highly suspect