WEST MICHIGAN — Crews have been working around the clock to restore power to the some 300,000 homes and businesses left in the dark after Sunday’s storm tore through West Michigan.
Consumers Energy said they hope to have the majority of power restored by Thursday. But some of the harder hit areas including Allegan, Barry, Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties still will be without power until late Friday.
In terms of outages, Consumers said this is their biggest storm in more than five years. They even brought in field workers form eight other states in addition to their current staff of 1,800.
David Paschall from Williams Electrical Company in North Carolina said they have about 40 linemen in town with more than a dozen trucks. Thursday they working in Kalamazoo Charter Township.
Paschall said this is his first time in Michigan, but with closer crews helping in other parts of the Midwest they made the trek out here. He says it’s a group effort by everyone to get things back to normal for residents.
Updated outage information is available at Consumers’ website.