Dec 23rd, 2013 - Local News
Utility crews are working to take care of downed power lines in Michigan and crews are coming in from other states to help restore service throughout southern MI that was hit hard by an ice storm over the weekend.
The Red Cross has set up shelters at Burton Middle School and Middleville United Methodist church.
Winter has arrived in Michigan with an icy blast, sending freezing rain across a wide section of the Lower Peninsula and knocking out electrical service to at least 382,000 homes and businesses.
The state's largest utilities say it will be days before most of those blacked out get their power back because of the difficulty of working around ice-broken lines.
Jackson-based CMS Energy Corporation says 245,000 of its power customers lost service, and 207,000 remained off line Sunday evening. Detroit-based DTE Energy Corporation says work is underway to restore service to 119,000 blacked-out customers out of about 137,000 affected since the storms hit.
The National Weather Service said snow was falling Sunday in some areas, with temperatures in the mid-teens to upper 30s. The weather has also been blamed as a contributing factor in multiple crashes.
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