Over 400 residents still without power after weekend storm

County’s emergency services respond to over 150 storm-related calls

MANISTEE COUNTY — Power is estimated to be restored late Wednesday to 420 homes in Manistee County that lost power due to storms on Sunday, according to Consumers Energy officials.

Roger Morgenstern senior public information director for Consumers Energy, said those restoration times may change.

“We encourage our customers to check out the outage map because if these times change, they’ll be reflected as soon as possible on the outage map,” Morgenstern said.

The interactive outage map can be found at https://www.consumersenergy.com/outagemap.

Morgenstern said there were five to 10 down power lines found in the county.

“All of them have been secured which means we know where they’re at,” he said. “A lot of them have been fixed.”

Manistee County Central Dispatch director Jim Espvik said 154 total calls for service related to the storm were made between Sunday afternoon and Monday afternoon and that nine out of the county’s 12 fire departments responded to various calls.

“We had 37 fire calls which were for power lines down, trees blocking roadways or trees on fire,” Espvik said. “We had 13 ambulance requests. We had five alarms go off because of the storm. We had 11 traffic hazards where something was blocking the roadway.”

He said many of the fire calls were for were different hazardous conditions where callers had to wait for organizations such as Consumers Energy or the Manistee County Road Commission to remove and fix down power lines or move trees out of the roadway.

According to the National Weather Service office in Gaylord, the storm had damaging, straight line winds of up to 60 to 80 mph as well as reports of half-inch size hail and .63 inches of rainfall recorded at Tippy Dam in Manistee County.

Manistee County emergency management coordinator Ken Falk said no fatalities or injuries were recorded due to the storm.

The City of Manistee Wastewater Treatment Plant’s Combined Sewer Overflow initial report indicated .60 inches of rainfall between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. with an additional .98 inches of rainfall between 12:15 and 8 p.m. A final report will be released with more extensive data.

Jeff Mikula, Manistee Department of Public Works (DPW) director, was on the scene of a split tree in the yard of a home Sunday night on Second Street that was being cleaned up by DPW employees.

“We had probably eight broken branches from trees we cleaned up,” Mikula said. “Damage in the city was pretty minor or minimal.”

A downed power line was discovered on Greenbush Street in Manistee and the road was blocked off by Manistee Fire Department/EMS officials while waiting for Consumers Energy officials to fix the power line. The power line has since been fixed and restored.

Across town on Lakeshore Road and Veterans Oak Grove Drive, Manistee Township Fire Department officials were cleaning up a felled tree in the roadway while Manistee County Sheriff’s Office deputies directed traffic.

The Onekama Township Fire Department responded to calls in its area.

“I wouldn’t say we had anything overboard but we did go to downed trees and power lines,” captain Clinton Osborn. “That was prevalent in the whole county. We haven’t had winds like this in a while so they’re not just to it so they’re used to it. No one in Onekama lost power for very long.”

Espevik said clean up around the county was still happening Monday; a tree across the roadway on Sherman Street was being cleaned up.

Morgenstern said effects from the storm, and other storms on Sunday, caused 1,600 Consumers Energy employees to work toward restoration of power as well as cleanup; 85,000 Consumers Energy customers across the state are without power.

“We knew the weather was coming and we try our best to prepare. We had crews on standby,” Morgenstern said. “We knew the storms would start in the northern part of the state.”

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Posted by Sean Bradley

Sean is the city and cops and courts reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the entertainment and Reasons to Celebrate pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3109 or sbradley@pioneergroup.com.

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