Consumers Energy: Restoration work wrapping up on Sunday

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Consumers Energy says that workers will be wrapping up restoration work in the hardest hit areas on Sunday.

According to a news release from the utility company, as of 4:30 a.m. Sunday, approximately 14,000 customers remained without power.

On this side of the state, Calhoun County was said to have the highest number of outages still. On Sunday, Consumers Energy reported that the county had 2,192. Barry County is faced with 1,603 outages still.

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“I want to thank our customers for their patience and kindness during the cleanup from this historic storm,” said Mary Palkovich, vice president of energy delivery. “Even as the work stretched into days and the temperatures dropped, many of you came out of your homes, cheered when the power was restored and thanked our crews. We greatly appreciate your understanding during a challenging six days.”

“I also want to thank the men and women of Consumers Energy, as well as our contractors and mutual assistance crews,” Palkovich said. “You worked long hours away from your families, safely performed your tasks in less than ideal conditions and put the needs of our customers first.”

The Wednesday wind storm downed about 9,000 power lines and broke more than 1,300 poles, Consumers Energy says. Wind gusts in were in excess of 60 mph for some locations which resulted in more that 354,000 outages nationwide.

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