Updated at 5:30 p.m.: Thousands without power in Ann Arbor after outage caused by DTE work
Courtesy of DTE Energy
Update: The DTE outage map showed much of the affected area had power restored as of 5 p.m. Friday. DTE officials confirmed the outage was fixed at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Thousands of people in Ann Arbor experienced a power outage Friday afternoon that was expected to last about an hour, according to DTE Energy.
Spokesman Alejandro Bodipo-Memba said approximately 3,000 people were without power due to an outage caused by work being done by the company.
“We moved some power from one circuit to another,” he said.
DTE’s outage map showed nearly 5,000 customers were without power, but that is an estimate.
Burns Park Elementary School was among places reportedly without power. Pioneer High School was also affected, said Ann Arbor schools spokeswoman Liz Margolis, but the power was back by 2:25 p.m. Numerous traffic lights south of Ann Arbor’s downtown were also reportedly affected.
Bodipo-Memba said the outage was separate from the long outages experienced by many customers in the wake of a winter storm that hit the area Tuesday. At the peak of problems, about 27,000 DTE customers lost power in Washtenaw County.
The remaining customers without power from that storm were able to turn the lights back on Friday.