DTE Energy: Less than 2,000 customers still without power

Crews working to complete massive week-long restoration effort

DETROIT - DTE Energy said Wednesday morning less than 2,000 customers remain without power after last week's high wind knocked out electricity to more than 800,000 customers.

The company said it has restored power to nearly all of the 800,000 customers impacted by the wind storm. 

Here's the latest statement from DTE: 

Of the 800,000 DTE Energy customers impacted by the March 8 wind storm, less than 2,000 remain without power as of 7 a.m. Wednesday. These customers are our priority.

Field crews are fully mobilized and will continue to work until every customer affected by the storm has power. You may not see us directly at your location, but we are in your community working as quickly and safely as possible to get your lights on.

Monday's snow and icy conditions did not help restoration efforts. 

"Regretfully, the snow and icy road conditions, coupled with complicated and time-consuming repairs, impeded restoration efforts on Monday," DTE said.

Here's a restoration timeline:

  • 6 a.m. Thursday -- 670,000 DTE customers without power
  • 7 a.m. Thursday -- 670,00 DTE customers without power
  • 10 a.m. Thursday -- 665,000 DTE customers without power
  • 2:45 p.m. Thursday -- 630,000 DTE customers without power
  • 4 p.m. Thursday -- 570,000 DTE customers without power
  • 9 p.m. Thursday -- 515,000 DTE customers without power
  • 6 a.m. Friday -- 515,000 DTE customers without power
  • 10 a.m. Friday -- 400,000 DTE customers without power
  • 2 p.m. Friday -- 340,000 DTE customers without power
  • 4 p.m. Friday -- 295,000 DTE customers without power
  • 9:30 p.m. Friday -- 248,000 DTE customers without power
  • 7 a.m. Saturday -- 243,00 DTE customers without power
  • 11 a.m. Saturday -- 231,000 DTE customers without power
  • 4 p.m. Saturday -- 178,000 DTE customers without power
  • 9 p.m. Saturday -- 147,000 DTE customers without power
  • 8 a.m. Sunday -- 98,000 DTE customers without power
  • Noon Sunday -- 85,000 DTE customers without power
  • 6 p.m. Sunday -- 70,000 DTE customers without power
  • 6 a.m. Monday -- 45,000 DTE customers without power
  • 10:30 a.m. Monday -- 45,000 DTE customers without power
  • 3 p.m. Monday -- 40,000 DTE customers without power
  • 8 p.m. Monday --  15,000 DTE customers without power
  • 6 a.m. Tuesday -- 7,000 DTE customers without power
  • 4 p.m. Tuesdasy -- 4,000 DTE customers without power
  • 9 p.m. Tuesday -- 2,500 DTE customers without power
  • 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 15 -- less than 2,000 DTE customers without power
  • 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 -- less than 2,000 DTE customers without power
  • 6 a.m. Thursday, March 16 -- less than 2,000 DTE customers without power
  • 8 a.m. Friday, March 17 -- less than 2,000 DTE customers without power

During a news conference Tuesday a DTE company spokeswoman said they were unhappy about not meeting their goal of 100 percent restoration by Monday night. 

"We're not happy that we did not meet our goal to restore all of the storm customers at 11:30 p.m. (Monday). We did everything we could to make that happen," said Heather Rivard, DTE senior VP of distribution operations.

DTE did not off an estimate for when those without power will get it back. 

The company said Tuesday morning its biggest challenge continues to be the number of jobs with extensive damage.

"Our restoration process begins by isolating damage to restore as many customers as possible, and then returning to fix the real damage and small pockets of customers," a DTE statement read.

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