16,000 residents in Mecosta, Osceola, Lake counties without power

MECOSTA COUNTY – A downed transmission line that left 16,000 people in west central Michigan without power Friday also caused the cancellation of several local events that evening.

Ferris State University canceled classes and sent employees home at 3 p.m. and also called off evening events. The hospitality gala held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center carried on, but the 2013 Festival Of The Arts closing concert was canceled.

Power was expected to be restored by 10 p.m. Residents of Big Rapids, Paris, Reed City, Rodney, Evart, Sears, Hersey, Chase, Idlewild, Baldwin and other surrounding areas in Mecosta, Osceola and Lake counties lost power at about 12:55 p.m. ITC Michigan owns the transmission line that went out, and Consumers worked with the company to fix it – although the cause of the problem was unknown.

“Crews are out patrolling and trying to determine the cause,” Terry DeDoes, a media spokesperson for Consumers, said Friday afternoon.

Consumers was able to transfer about 2,200 Big Rapids customers to an alternative sub-station owned by Appleton, which restored their power.

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