Power restored to thousands in Genesee County - WNEM TV 5

Power restored to thousands in Genesee County

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Consumers Energy reports crews from six states expect to finish restoring power by tonight to almost all 90,000 homes and businesses affected.

Fewer than 2,000 customers remain without power with the majority of affected in Genesee and Saginaw counties. 

Customers whose power isn't on tonight should have it restored early tomorrow morning.

"I just heard a big pop noise and I thought oh no, not again," said Gerald Simpson.

The noise Simpson heard coming from his backyard was this tree falling on a power line, knocking out electricity for everyone on the entire block. 

"My TV was off and I knew what happened," Simpson said. "I came back here and I looked and it was down again. And no power."

Since there are a lot of trees behind Simpson's house, he says this wasn't the first time a tree left him without a TV. 

He said this time it happened during Friday's severe windstorm in Genesee County. He says days later here in his Flint neighborhood, nothing is back on. 

"I had to spend the night at my girlfriend's,  come back to see if the power was back on and it wasn’t,” Simpson said.

Debra Dodd with Consumers Energy says the problem Simpson has is pretty common right now. 

"We had over 2,000 down power lines, over 200 broken poles. The storm was extremely violent in terms of damage to our system," Dodd said.

Dodd says they are working around the clock with extra crews until everyone has their power restored in Genesee and Saginaw counties, some of the hardest hit areas of the storm. 

"We are out,  we have a lot of forestry throughout the company," Dodd said. "We have a very robust plan to take out trees that can affect lines so we will be doing that in addition to what’s going on with the storm."

Simpson says he had to throw out almost all of the food out in his fridge.

"I just hope the power goes back on soon, I'm hungry," Simpson said.

Consumers Energy continues to emphasize to stay at least 25 feet away from any downed power. 

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