Lights finally fixed for resident concerned about safety - WNEM TV 5

Lights finally fixed for resident concerned about safety

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For two years, Rachel Silk has been trying to get the street light outside her house fixed.

“With the empty houses on both sides of me, it's just been kind of nerve wrecking,” Silk said.

Last month, Silk came to TV5 for us to ask the tough questions.

We found out that the city of Flint pays Consumers Energy to maintain the lights.

Consumers told TV5 it'd be fixed a week ago. But so far, Silk has still been in the dark.

“I have had to purchase a yard light and pay for putting lights all around my house,” Silk said.

Consumers Energy said crews were out here this morning. The light should be fixed and back on tonight.

Consumers Energy spokeswoman Debra Dodd said rainy and windy weather last week also played a role in response time.

“It was a little more involved that just replacing a bulb, but we did have a crew come out this morning and they were able to successfully repair it,” Dodd said.

But she promises, the company be checking up on the neighborhood.

“We understand the frustration with this resident and we are going to follow up with her and make sure she knows in the future we'll be out here as soon as possible,” Dodd said.

Happy to see her street light fixed, Silk is now looking forward to brighter evenings starting tonight.

“So grateful to TV5 for being concerned enough to contact Consumers and help me get my street light back on,” Silk said.

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