Metro Detroit community wants answers after storms left some homes without power for a week

Local leaders hope for town hall between DTE, customers

After storms left some homes without power for seven days, community leaders in Southfield are pressuring DTE Energy for answers.
After storms left some homes without power for seven days, community leaders in Southfield are pressuring DTE Energy for answers.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Nearly one million Michigan households were without power after severe storms blew through the Midwest.

Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois all saw outages, but Michigan seems to have been hit the hardest, having more than 10 times the outages than the other states.

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Some homeowners in Oakland County were without power for seven days. They want to know why it took so long for power to be restored.

Residents in Southfield and Lathrup Village said it’s unacceptable and now their mayors are looking to DTE Energy and demanding a change.

They’re hoping it will lead to a town hall with DTE and its customers -- many of whom have lost faith in the utility.

Read: Michigan AG calls on DTE, Consumers to automatically credit customers amid power outages


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Nick joined the Local 4 team in February of 2015. Prior to that he spent 6 years in Sacramento covering a long list of big stories including wildfires and earthquakes. Raised in Sterling Heights, he is no stranger to the deep history and pride Detroit has to offer.

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