GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Some customers may have just gotten their power restored only to potentially lose it once more in yet another round of wintry weather starting early Tuesday.
Consumers Energy called on 1,000 out of state workers to help them repair the damage from the freezing rain that hit Michigan last week. They asked 360 of those workers to stay in Michigan for the next storm.
"We are also making a call for additional crews to be on our system by midday [Tuesday], so that we are ready for the next round of whatever mother nature is going to bring us," said Consumer Energy Communications Representative Roger Morgenstern.
Morgenstern said the company had 270,000 people working around the clock the past week to restore power to the more than 230,000 customers who lost it.
He said they are hoping temperatures will rise before any further damage is caused this week, but they are preparing for the worst.
"With the forecast we are looking at, the higher amounts of ice we are seeing are in the Kalamazoo I-94 corridor area," Morgenstern said Monday.
But, he said if the temperatures drops, the storm could make its way further north to Grand Rapids.
While customers were frustrated by the outages, Morgenstern said many members of the public showed their appreciation for linemen and women in the last week. He said he hopes that support continues into this week as crews continue to work 16-hour shifts.
Anyone who was without power for five days or more last week can apply for an outage credit on the Consumers Energy website.
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