Friday, Aug. 31, 2018
An estimated 10,500 Great Lakes Energy members remain without power Friday morning in 21 counties served by the electric cooperative after two severe storms and tornadoes caused widespread damage on Tuesday.
Crews are working in all areas affected and expect to make good progress today in the hardest hit areas in Lake, Mason, Newaygo, Oceana and Osceola counties. All available Great Lakes Energy line repair crews are being assisted by 26 outside line repair crews and 31 outside tree-trimming crews.
Due to the severity of the damage, some members will remain without electricity today and restoration efforts will continue into the weekend. Members who don’t have their power restored by 10 p.m. will likely not have their electricity restored today and should seek alternate arrangements as needed. Members are advised to call 211 for assistance with shelter or other needs.
Further progress reports will be issued as crews continue their repairs which has been hindered by the severe damage to utility poles, trees and other equipment.
Great Lakes Energy members are reminded to stay away from downed power lines and also stay clear of trees and limbs hanging on the lines. Current outage information by counties and zip codes is updated on the Great Lakes Energy website at https://bcsh.glenergy.com/maps/OutageWebMap/.
Great Lakes Energy members can report their power outage by calling 888-485-2537, logging into their online GLE account or using the Great Lakes Energy mobile app.