Crews still working to regain power in Houghton County

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HOUGHTON COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) High winds and heavy rain hit hard in Houghton County in many townships including Portage, Chassell, Adams and Elm River.

The storm left fallen trees on power lines, roofs, vehicles, even campgrounds.

UPPCO has been out since 7 a.m. checking lines.

Officials say it's been a tough time regaining power as lines are damaged from the American Transmission Company.

"Three of their lines were stuck so the power coming into our community is not happening which is going to make it really hard to test our local lines," said Houghton County Emergency Management Coordinator, Jack Dueweke.

MDOT, the Houghton County Road Commission, and volunteer firefighters have been clearing the roads from trees and helping repair the damages.

"There were a lot of guys from Bootjack doing that," mentioned Dueweke. "Opening up the roads which were closed and we should tip our cap to those people that are doing that."

Twin Lakes reportedly received the worse of the damages and is helping out residents as much as they can.

"Our fire hall for some reason didn't loose any power so we've been giving out water and aid to people," said Twin Lakes Fire Department Chief, John Reynolds. "We had coffee and bakery and stuff their this morning."

However like other surrounding communities, Twin Lakes might take longer than expected to regain power.

"There's all the rural areas, the rural roads, there's power lines everywhere, there's trees everywhere," continued Reynolds. "Most of our trees are cleared, but they're still going to need time."

Officials and crews are currently working through out Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties.



 
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