LANSING - Thousands are without power due to heavy ice bringing down trees and wires after Saturday's ice storm.
As of 5:00 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, the Lansing Board of Water and Light reported that outages have gone down overnight from 34,800 to 30,000 customers without power in it's service territory. The number of downed power line reports has increased overnight from 300 to more than 400, and are being prioritized for repair. Residents are urged to stay 25 feet away from downed wires and report the location immediately.
Consumers Energy has an online outage map that shows which sections are without power. Consumers Energy says that 155,000 customers are without power.
Residents are urged not to call 911 to inquire about power restore estimates. The 911 center does not have that information, for power restore information please contact your power company. Residents can call the Consumers Energy call center at 1-800-477-5050 or Lansing Board of Water and Light at 877-295-5001 for any electrical storm related emergencies or concerns.
For all water or sewer emergencies in Meridian Township, residents should call the Meridian Township’s Public Works and Engineering Department’s on-call number, 517-349-0010 BEFORE calling a plumber or drain cleaner. If residents leave their homes due to power outages, it is recommended to leave water running (one on each floor) at a strong trickle to avoid freezing pipes.
Residents can call 211 for warming center locations or if non-emergency help is needed.
Police remind drivers to be careful as they hit the roads. Law enforcement recommend not going out unless absolutely necessary, and remember to treat traffic lights that are out as four-way stops.