UPPCO, Marquette BLP crews work to restore power in Marquette County

Published: Feb. 4, 2019 at 4:46 PM EST
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The Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) and Marquette Board of Light and Power (MBLP) work to restore power to many locations due to the ongoing ice storm.

We greatly appreciate everyone’s patience as we restore power as quickly and safely as possible,” said Brett French, Vice President of Business Development and Communications for the company. “Our crews have been working throughout the day to address unsafe conditions and restore service to our customers. Our restoration efforts are expected to continue into the evening and may extend into Tuesday, depending upon the extent of the storm’s damage.”

In a released, the MBLP said, "Ice covered trees that are now getting a dusting of snow will remain problematic and can cause further power outages throughout the evening hours. Temperatures are forecasted to continue to drop tonight and winds may pick up, which may cause additional outages. Outages may reoccur as trees continue to come down due to the heavy ice and snow."

As of 4 p.m., there are between 2,000 and 3,000 MBLP customers without power. Although they are working hard to restore electric service to our customers, some areas may remain without power through the night.

As of 4:40 p.m., nearly 4,100 UPPCO customers are still without power.

Please call the MBLP Emergency Response Telephone Number at 906-228-0300 to report that your power is out. Please do not assume that the MBLP knows that your power is out. In addition, please do not assume that a neighbor has called in to report an outage in your neighborhood. When you call thier Emergency Response Phone Number, you will be talking to Distribution Personnel who are fielding the calls in person. Due to the high volume of calls, if you do not get through please call again. Besides reporting an outage if you see a tree on a power line, please call in its location to help prevent more outages.

UPPCO is also encouraging people to report all downed electric power lines or unsafe conditions that may have resulted from the winter storm that hit the area on Monday.

“People should never approach or make contact with any utility equipment,” said French. “Customers who are aware of any downed power lines or unsafe conditions are being asked to call our Customer Contact Center in Ishpeming at 906-449-2011 or 800-562-7809. Customer’s wishing to report an outage are encouraged to do so via our Online Customer Portal.”