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Posted on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 10:28 a.m.

DTE spokesman: Power restored after downed line caused outage

By Kyle Feldscher

Scattered power outages on Ann Arbor’s north side and east of the city left more than 2,400 DTE Energy customers without power and affected traffic signals before being restored Monday.

Ann Arbor police Lt. Jim Baird confirmed a power outage was affecting traffic lights in the area of Plymouth Road and Green Road. DTE Energy spokesman Scott Simons said the power was restored and the outage was caused by a downed power line.

It's unknown what caused the power line to fall, Simons said.

The DTE Energy outage map showed the outage affected areas east of US 23 in Ann Arbor and a large swath of Ann Arbor Township and Superior Township.

The largest stretch of affected area went north from Dixboro Road and Laurel View Drive to Dixboro Road north of Joy Road and from Domino’s Farms east to an area slightly west of M-14 and Curtis Road.

According to the University of Michigan Police, the power outage is affecting the East Ann Arbor Medical Campus, North Campus, North Campus Research Complex and North Campus Region Zone.

Update at 11:51 a.m.: The University of Michigan Police said power was restored to the Arbor Lakes, Botanical Gardens and Auxiliary Services buildings. Power is still out at the NCRC.

Update at 2:40 p.m.: As of 2 p.m. Monday, all power was restored to U-M.

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Mike D

Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 7:17 a.m.

Should've used a ClampStar. Maybe someday DTE will figure it out.

dading dont delete me bro

Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 5:20 p.m.

there's an app for that! seriously folks, there is.

Rick Stevens

Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 5:13 p.m.

I worked in that area and the power was always an issue with outages regularly. Wish DTE would fix the issue(s) once and for all. Yeah, I know that won't happen. DTE is just like Comcast, etc. where profits trump customers and infrastructure.


Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 4:50 p.m.

Does anyone know why the power went out?

Kyle Feldscher

Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 5:04 p.m.

Messa- No word from DTE yet. I'm waiting for a call back.

Reverend Bubba X

Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 4:50 p.m.

How about posting a link to the Outage Map?

Kyle Feldscher

Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 5:02 p.m.

Reverend- Here's the link. I'll link to it in the story as well.


Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 4:31 p.m.

It bears repeating: DTE - invest in your infrastructure to bring it up to first-world standards! This is embarassing.


Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 3:54 p.m.

NCRC is without power, as well.


Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 3:53 p.m.

CVS pharmacy at Plymouth and Green was without power about an hour ago.


Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 3:45 p.m.

Just reducing the city's carbon footprint per the recommendations of the mayor and city council.