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Posted on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 9:47 a.m.

DTE Energy customers spend a chilly night without power in northeast Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin

Power should be restored at about noon today for about 170 DTE Energy customers on the northeast side of Ann Arbor, the utility says.

A transformer failure on Yorktown Drive caused the power outage, which began about 6:20 p.m. Sunday evening, DTE spokesman John Austerberry said.

Power was restored for about 80 customers around 9:40 p.m. Sunday, but service for the rest will be out until the utility can replace the pole that held the transformer, Austerberry said.

Nelson Bacigalupo spent a chilly night under blankets in the neighborhood. He said the temperature in his home this morning was about 45 degrees.

"My main concern is when is the power going to be on," he said. "There has been several of these kinds of outages without a storm or anything."

The affected area as shown on the DTE power outage map, lies to the north of Plymouth Road and west of US-23.


The outage area is shown in green on the map.


Ann English

Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 12:48 a.m.

Looks like Green Road residents and others in Kilburn Park are in the bright green area.


Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 2:19 a.m.

Everyone should start paying their electric bills in the same inconsistent manner DTE provides power.

Ron Granger

Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 4:43 p.m.

We may think these outages are no big deal - just use a few more blankets, etc. But my Grandparents recently had a power outage like this during a heavy rain storm. As a result, they had to manually carry buckets of water from their sump pump from 9PM to 2AM. They are both in very poor health, with many back surgeries, and aren't supposed to bend or lift, etc. So bending to fill and lift the heavy buckets, and all the stress, etc, was very difficult and a threat to their health. Fortunately, I can say they made it through. But when your back is more titanium than bone, and your surgeon says you can have no more surgeries, that kind of trauma can really take a toll. I wish I'd know and could have helped. It's the first time they have had this situation in 40 years of living in their home. We think it's because the city filled the ditch in their front yard and replaced it with a storm drain system.


Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 12:54 p.m.

You may want to investigate a battery backup or a water powered backup (normal water usage like toilet flushing powers sump). Typical of the elderly to do it themselves without calling for assistance. :)

Heidi Koester

Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 3:04 p.m.

It was odd to have the power go out for no apparent reason last night. But I was amazed and impressed to see a DTE truck out there almost immediately, with two guys working in the dark and in the rain. Kudos to those guys for getting there so quickly and fixing what they could.