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Posted on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 12:46 p.m.

Power out for more than 1,300 customers south of Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin

Update: Power had been restored to most customers as of 1:50 p.m. Tuesday.

About 1,300 customers of DTE Energy south of Ann Arbor have been without power since about 3 a.m. Tuesday because of an equipment failure.

Crews have been dispatched to fix the problem and DTE expects it to be repaired by about 9:30 p.m. today, spokesman Scott Simons said.

The outage area straddled Carpenter Road in Pittsfield and York townships, stretching roughly from Michigan Avenue on the north to south of Stony Creek Road, according to the DTE Energy Power Outage map.

An equipment problem on one of the circuits caused the outage, he said. He was unsure of the cause but said it could be related to the cold temperatures overnight. A temperature of 7 below zero was recorded at the Ann Arbor airport to the west of the power outage, University of Michigan weather observer Dennis Kahlbaum said.

Equipment issues cause a brief power outage for more than 6,800 customers on the east side of Ann Arbor Monday, but DTE said it was not weather related.


The outage area is shown in yellow on the map. Purple areas indicate outages affecting fewer than 100 customers.

DTE map



Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 12:30 a.m.

No lightening, tornado, freezing rain, ice, snow or rain. Just wind. Further evidence how fragile the electrical infrastructure is. Some parts of it date back to the earliest days of electrification. So what does DTE do with all of the rate increases? Upgrade poles and wires? Switch to underground wires when it makes sense? Not so much. Nope, they spent money replacing working meters with SMART meters. How dumb.


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 8:28 p.m.

The (likely) old equipment and overhead power lines in this area really need to be upgraded to avoid this kind of thing, especially in dangerously cold weather. DTE seems to worry more about pruning trees near overhead power lines when (I think) they should be more concerned with getting those power lines underground!


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 6:49 p.m.

This is horrible. Tis is the coldest weather we have had in years. I hope everyone will make a point of looking out for their neighbors, especially the house-bound and elderly.


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 6:08 p.m.

You must mean the Yellow Zone. I live in the purple outage zone and was told by DTE Wednesday evening before restored. We had a large blue flash- like a transformer blowing up.

Cindy Heflin

Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 6:59 p.m.

Yes, this article is about the outage in the yellow area. Purple areas indicate outages of fewer than 99 customers. It looks like about 58 customers are affected in your area, and more than 100 remain without power in the area that was previously marked in yellow on the map. You can see the updated outage map by following going to this URL: