Consumers Energy works to restore power to Gladwin County
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
BEAVERTON, MI (WNEM) -
Consumers Energy reports 600 are left without power in Gladwin County as of 11 p.m. Tuesday.
During the day on Tuesday, several crews reported for assignment near Beaverton, one of the harder hit areas from Monday's storms.
While Consumers crews worked to restore power, many people will work to clean up debris left by the storm through Wednesday. Many trees were uprooted, power lines were down, and homes were damaged by the storm locals say lasted only 20 minutes.
"You know, we don't really have many bad storms around here normally. They normally miss us, but this time, we didn't get so lucky," said Beaverton resident Doreen Ullom.
The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday the damage was done by straight-line winds. Doreen Ullom said she has lived in Beaverton for 40 years, and the damage left behind is the worst she's seen in her years in town. She said it'll mean a couple days of cleaning up, but in the end, she feels lucky.
"Nothing major. Didn't hit the house. Everybody is OK," said Ullom.
Tom Prager is also counting his blessings. A massive tree branch slammed through his roof Monday night, ripping apart the back side of his home, but nobody was home at the time it happened.
"They were freaking out, and I said, 'Hey, this is just stuff. Stuff is just stuff. We don't need to worry about it. Everything here is fixable, replaceable,'" said Prager.
Prager said he has insurance.
Around 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, residents who live near downtown Beaverton got the sign of progress. Power was restored, and Prager said this is the best news of the day.
"We're waiting for the electric water heater to build up so we can all have showers," said Prager. "Two days of no showers and in the heat and sweating and cleaning up, we're all looking forward to it."
Consumers Energy tells TV5 they will continue to work to restore power to the remaining residents who are left without. They hope to have the majority of the 600 left without power back online by Wednesday.
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