2,000-plus without power; Consumers Energy expect power fully restored by Wednesday

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 9:50 am on Monday, November 18, 2013


A line of storms that traveled through the area Sunday evening and into the night knocked down trees and power lines, leaving more than 2,000 people without power in Montcalm County.

As of 8 a.m. this morning, Consumers Energy reported 2,387 customers in the county were still without power, more than 1,100 of them from the Greenville area. About 300 customers are without power in the Belding area.

According to Consumers Energy, most of those without power will have it restored by Wednesday.
Most of the trees and downed lines in Montcalm County were located in the west region of the county, according to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office.

Statewide, more than 213,900 Consumers Energy electric customers are without service as of 3:45 a.m. Monday.

“We have been working throughout the night to assess the damage from Sunday’s severe weather and make situations safe for the public,” Mary Palkovich, the utility’s vice president of energy delivery, stated in a press release. “We appreciate the patience of our customers as we work safely to restore power across the state. We have out-of-state contract crews arriving Monday to provide additional assistance.”

To report a power outage, customers are asked to call Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050. The service provides restoration information for each substation and circuit, and can be used to report an outage.

Consumers Energy will trim or remove trees interfering with electric restoration activities.

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