SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — An estimated 1,900 services remain without power tonight following an early winter storm that impacted Cloverland Electric Cooperative’s service area on Friday, November 9.
Heavy, wet snow quickly accumulated on trees and weighed down power lines. Numerous downed lines and trees on lines are reported in and around Chippewa and Mackinac counties. The largest concentration of remaining outages are located in the DeTour and Drummond Island areas as well as Raber, Stalwart, Goetzville, Pickford, Cedarville, Hessel and St. Ignace area.
Since the storm began, crews have been working around clock to restore power. Due to the number of outages and damage, line crews from Great Lakes Energy, Cherryland Electric Cooperative and Traverse City Light and Power are providing mutual aid and assisting in the restoration efforts.
Power is not expected to be restored until late Sunday at the earliest. Crews will continue working until 11 p.m. E.S.T. ,before taking a mandatory safety rest. They will then return at 7 a.m. E.S.T., on Sunday and address any new or remaining outages.
Those who depend on electricity for medical equipment should activate their emergency backup plan for alternate sources of power or alternate lodging. Members who need shelter or non-emergency assistance should call 1-800-338-1119 or Michigan 2-1-1.
With safety in mind, stay away from fallen power lines. Never attempt to remove a tree or other object contacting a power lines. Assume that any power line is conducting electricity and call 800-562-4953 to report downed lines or local law enforcement.
If you use a standby generator, Cloverland Electric reminds you that an improper generator hookup can create serious problems in safety and service. Please follow the manufacturer’s operating procedures for your safety and the safety of others, too.
Those with access to cloverlandelectric.com and Facebook can stay current on restoration effort and the latest updates available.
Cloverland Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit, member-owned utility located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It serves over 42,000 homes and businesses in Chippewa, Delta, Mackinac, Luce, and Schoolcraft counties.