DETROIT – Consumers Energy has restored power to the 360,000 customers who were affected by last week's historic power outage, the company announced Tuesday afternoon.
Consumers Energy said the wind storm was one of the most devastating in the company's 130-year history.
"From the wire guard, to the line clearing crew, to the call center representative, to the line worker laboring high off the ground, many employees involved in this restoration have positive stories to tell about interactions with many kind residents affected by the storm," said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy’s president and CEO. "These stories help explain why it is so rewarding to serve and fulfill our promises to our customers and we thank them for their patience."
Consumers said 319,000 of its customers were affected as 7,900 wires were taken down by the high winds. More than 1,000 poles also were broken by the wind, Consumers said.
"We have been working through the night and making steady progress," said Guy Packard, vice president of energy operations at Consumers Energy.
Between Consumers Energy and DTE Energy, high winds knocked out power to more than 800,000 customers statewide.