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Power Slowly Coming Back In Detroit After Transformer Failure

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A neighborhood street on Detroit's west side is left in the darkness. Officials say half of Detroit's 80,000 street lights are in disrepair. (WWJ Photo/Mike Campbell)

A neighborhood street on Detroit’s west side is left in the darkness. Officials say half of Detroit’s 80,000 street lights are in disrepair. (WWJ Photo/Mike Campbell)

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DETROIT (WWJ) Power is slowly coming back on in pockets along Jefferson Avenue in Detroit — after an outage Wednesday night caused by a transformer failure.

Outages were still spotty Thursday morning along I-375 from Jefferson Avenue to Mt. Elliot.

For example, the Harbortown Apartments have two towers, one has power, the other doesn’t.

Keith Banks, owner of the nearby The Original $3 Soft Car Wash, said it’s bad for business — especially on a nice, sunny day when people wanted to wash off days of rain-soaked grime.

“Cars were coming in kind of early because we opened at 7, unfortunately we had to turn them away,” Banks said.

If the power had held out, he said workers would likely have made $100 each in tips.

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