Utility crews work to get the power back

Posted at 8:44 AM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 08:44:53-05

Brad Vreeland woke up to a car that wouldn't start, and came home to a house without electricity.

"No heat," said Vreeland. "Hopefully don't stay out too long."

It's the first time in a long time he remembers his power going out.

"Last one I remember was bad one was when we had ice storm probably late 90s," said Vreeland.

Just down the street, the Bardens are going through the same thing.

"We were sitting there watching TV," said Mark and Debby Barden. "It just went out. He went back sitting on the couch and it just went out."

They usually lose power during storms in the spring.

"It's been pretty good since they come through and retrimmed all the trees and stuff, all the lines, cause it runs down through the woods," said the Bardens.

Since the storm 57,000 Consumers Energy customers have lost power, and the utility company says its got about 1,500 workers on it, including people from 4 other states.

"Brought in contractors and mobilized our own employees to repair those damages," said Catherine Reynolds with Consumers Energy. "We kept a hundred of the midwest workers on because we saw this storm coming."

They've been working non-stop to get all the power restored as soon as possible.

"We want everyone to be safe until we can get every line back up where it needs to be," said Reynolds.

But until then, many people in Liberty Township are relying on generators to get by.

"It's all good though," said Mark. "I mean we got the TV and telephone and the refrigerator. That's the biggest thing so we don't lose nothing."

Hoping the power will come back before it gets too cold at night.