Source: Sherman Publications

Lights out

by Susan Bromley

March 14, 2012

Heavy rain is suspected to be the cause of a power outage in the area on Monday.

Power was out for about 2-and-a-half hours—from roughly 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 6, affecting 2,300 customers of DTE Energy in Brandon and Groveland townships and the village of Ortonville.

DTE Spokesman John Austerberry said Tuesday the cause was still being investigated, but there was a fault, similar to a short, on a 40 kilivolt power line that feeds into the Wolf Hill Substation. DTE technicians believe a tree branch may have contacted the line and caused a short.

The delay in bringing power back, he explained, is due to DTE employees having to patrol the area, ensuring there are no downed power lines.

“We don’t want to energize a circuit until we are sure it’s safe to do that,” he said.

The outage impacted homes, businesses, and schools. Oakwood and Belle Ann elementary schools were not affected, but parents of students at all other buildings, including Harvey Swanson, Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School, Brandon Middle School and Brandon High School were given the opportunity to pick up their children.