GALLERY and VIDEO: Crew pulls power line out of Flat River

Posted by Daily News • Last Updated 11:40 am on Wednesday, January 25 2012

Belding firefighters launch a boat to help retrieve and repair a fallen power line. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

BELDING — More than 100 people were without power Monday afternoon in Belding after a high voltage power line fell into the Flat River.

The primary line fell into the river around 3 p.m. near York and Morton streets at East Riverside Park. Consumers spokesman Terry Dedoes said 134 customers were affected.

Belding Fire Chief Gregg Moore said most of the area south of the river lost power while outages were spotty north of the river.

Consumers Energy sent multiple crews to the scene to make repairs. The Belding Fire Department brought a boat and rescue equipment to assist Consumers with removing the power line.

A Consumers crew spliced a wire together, which firefighters dragged across the river in a boat. Another Consumers employee put the fallen line back together before firefighters dragged it back across the river for crews to rehang.

Power was restored by Monday evening.

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