Lake Odessa to Consumers Energy: Learn from ice storm

8:47 PM, Jan 21, 2014   |    comments
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LAKE ODESSA, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's been almost one month since the snow and ice storm that caused a week-long power outage in parts of Michigan. On Tuesday, state lawmakers ask Michigan's largest utility companies why it took so long.

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Just one of the towns affected by the outage was Lake Odessa. Main Street was shut down for almost a week and the village hall run on a small generator.

"We did relatively well, considering we were trying to run the DPW, police department and fire department without power," said Village Manager, Mark Bender. He says no harm was done but it was a challenge. "We hope that Consumers Energy does what everyone else does: sit down and do a review of what happened and what could have been done better."

In the end, the village and its business owners weathered the storm and Main Street is back in business.

At Tuesday's hearing in Lansing, most of the criticism was aimed at Lansing's Board of Water and Light which had a lousy response and was roundly criticized. DTE and Consumers Energy officials also fielded questions, apologizing over and over for the extended outages suffered by so many of their customers.

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