Sunday's icy storm continues to leave thousands without power throughout state
LAWRENCE, Mich. —
A blast of freezing rain and ice caused all sorts of issues for drivers as multiple slide-offs, fender benders and crashes along area highways and main roads plagued west Michigan.
Sunday morning's ice storm led to a rude awakening for Lavonne Ballett, a Consumer’s Energy customer, just north of Lawrence.
"This afternoon, we were resting and when we came about, the power was out,” Ballett said.
The freezing drizzle making for slick roads and causing crashes in places like Hartford and Comstock. The winter-like weather triggering advisories and power outages, leaving thousands, like Ballett, in darkness.
"We were reading in the dark. That is how bad it was and then the power didn't not come on,” Ballett said.
Officials with Consumer’s Energy say crews have been working around the clock with help from out of state.
"We got about 40,000 people out across the state of Michigan. We have crews from West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky helping us work with restoration,” Roger Morgenstern, a spokesperson with Consumer’s Energy, said.
Morgenstern says while the storm battering southwest Michigan is responsible for all this chaos, it wasn’t unexpected.
"We've been watching the weather for four or five days, so we've been gearing up and had to ignore the calendar to say that it is in the middle of April. We are treating this like a winter storm,” Morgenstern said.
Ballett says she hopes the worst of the rare icy blast is over.
“All of our trees were covered with ice, all of them this morning. It was very bad this morning, [but] it looks better now,” she said.
Officials with the energy company say power is expected to be restored by 11 p.m. on Monday.