Woods public safety issues tips to stay safe in outage

By: April Lehmbeck | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 11, 2014


GROSSE POINTE WOODS — After a severe storm swept through metro Detroit Sept. 5, about 2,600 DTE customers lost their power with 1,800 still in the dark as of Sept. 8.

City administrators were told that the power restoration for most residents would take place by 11:30 p.m. Sept. 8.

Woods Public Safety issued a Nixle.com alert with some safety tips that residents should follow.

“Numerous trees and electrical wires came down throughout the city (mostly south of Lochmoor),” the city stated in a Nixle.com release. “Administration has been working closely with DTE, and they have been given a list of all power lines down within the city. Several DTE crews are currently working throughout the city.”

The city closed Sweeney Park because of storm damage that created an unsafe environment.

“Several wires and trees are down in the park,” the city stated. “Several more tree limbs are broken off but hanging in the trees, supported by remaining limbs, and could fall at any time.”

While most people were to have power back on by the evening of Sept. 8, others could still be without power.

“DTE reports some customers may not have their power restored until Tuesday or possibly Wednesday,” the Nixle.com release stated.

The city’s Public Safety and Public Services departments have been responding to areas where storm damage has created safety concerns.

“The Department of Public Services … has cleared all streets of debris and is in the process of removing downed trees and brush that are accessible and not entangled with wires,” the city stated.

The Public Safety Department is asking people to be cautious when out. They should steer clear of downed wires or trees. All wires should be considered dangerous.

“Also remember to keep pets and children out of yards that are affected by the downed power lines, trees and fences, as they may be energized,” the department cautioned. “Again, please do not attempt to move any power lines or trees entangled in power lines. “

Driving across downed power lines is dangerous. The city has asked people to adhere to police caution tape and stay out of those areas. People should not be using generations indoors, including in attached garages.

Appliances should be unplugged to prevent damage when the power comes back on.

Anyone with questions or wanting to report a hazardous situation should call Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety at (313) 343-2400.