Residents complain of crumbling utility pole - WNEM TV 5

Residents complain of crumbling utility pole

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Not actual utility pole in question. Not actual utility pole in question.
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Local residents say they have called Consumers Energy to try and get crews to replace a run-down utility pole that, they say, puts them and their homes in danger.

The electrical lines still have the old brown ceramic insulators so it is definitely an old pole. It looks like it's lived a long life, and even provided a few meals for the local woodpeckers.

Steve Truscott is worried the utility pole bringing power to his Flint home won't handle another storm.

"They've actually tagged the front of it claiming it's dangerous. It's been eight or nine months. How long does it take to send crew out?," ask Truscott.

Truscott's not only worried about his power but all his neighbors too.

Consumers Energy says safety is their number one priority. But when TV5 asked them the tough questions about when this pole is due to be replaced, they said that they're aware of the pole's condition and that it's scheduled for replacement in the near future. That's all they would say.

"Consumers Energy should be right on things like that when it's up in the power lines. Power is dangerous," continues Truscott.

Consumers Energy says if you see something that might be a problem, give them a call at 1-800-477-5050.

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