Remembering 2013 Storm, People Stock Up

Posted: 8:05 AM, Dec 28, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-28 08:05:49-05

Homeowners in Grand Ledge are preparing for anything to happen Monday afternoon.

Cindy Lapka and her husband Joe, remember going days without power.

"Two years ago we had a bad ice storm come through and we were 5 days without power out in Grand Ledge." Lapka said. "And that's when we had our house wired shortly after that to be prepared for further storms."

A lot of people were forced to stay in their homes or go to hotels until utility crews could restore power. But this time around people are getting prepared.

"We actually sold out of probably 6 generators so far. 6 different kinds that we have. I have just a few left right now so we did an emergency list with our corporate so that we can do an emergency order" said Menards Assistant Manager, Nick Merrick.

Jody Pung and her family also went days without power. This year they're getting a new generator so they don't have to repeat those cold nights.

Consumer Energy will have crews that helped restore power in Northern Michigan head towards Mid-Michigan and have crews on standby.

Lansing Board of Water & Light told FOX 47 News they are monitoring the storm and have crews ready. But many homeowners say they want to make sure they have everything they need to be prepared.

"It is very important to be prepared because people without the power you could lose your food and just your every day living experiences. You need to have the power. And it was very devastating for us" Cindy Lapka said.

BWL will also have additional line and tree crews on standby to quickly restore power should outages happen.