DETROIT (WWJ) – Events planned for this weekend at southwest Detroit’s Historic Fort Wayne have been cancelled due damage from last Saturday’s storms.

WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke with fort spokesman Tom Berlucchi who said organizers decided it wouldn’t be safe to hold the Civil War Days celebration.

“We have numerous trees damaged, branches down and trunks split.  The site is really unsafe for the public,” Berlucchi said.

“We have three downed power lines that we’re waiting for public lighting to come on site and fix. We know that the residents of Detroit come first,” he said.

No one was hurt at the fort in the storm.

Run by a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, Historic Fort Wayne is only open for tours during especial events — but visitors may walk the grounds at any time.  (More about the fort at this link).

– Photos of storm damage in Metro Detroit –

Meantime, thousands of southeast Michigan homes and businesses were still in the dark, Wednesday afternoon — some since Saturday’s severe weather, and others due to equipment issues. A spokesman for DTE Energy said crews are working around the clock to get everyone’s power back on as soon as possible.

Many local businesses have complained about lost revenue due to the blackout. (More on this, here).


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