DTE is invested in improving reliability in your area by trimming trees that may interfere with power lines and installing new equipment to upgrade the electric grid. However, there are external factors we cannot control such as weather-related events causing power outages.
One such outage occurred in a Southfield neighborhood on Indian Street and Sedalia Avenue. On Thursday, heavy winds caused a utility pole to catch on fire and snap, falling on a nearby power line. This left around 187 people without power. DTE crews swiftly responded and completed a temporary fix to ensure nearby homes and businesses had their power restored as soon as possible. Due to the safety hazard, the area was taped off to prevent pedestrians and motorists from entering the worksite. In the near future, DTE crews will return and replace the pole with a brand-new one.
As storm season is approaching, this event is a reminder to treat damaged electrical infrastructure with extreme caution. Stay at least 20 feet away from all downed wires or anything they are touching. For more information about how to safely deal with power lines and downed wires, visit empoweringmichigan.com/downedwiresafety
Make sure to regularly check the Southfield community page to learn more about what’s going on in your neighborhood. You can also follow DTE on Facebook and Twitter for even more updates and information.