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Truck Takes Out Row Of Power Poles, Adding To Power Outage Woes

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Downed poles and power lines. (WWJ/Jon Hewett)

Downed poles and power lines. (WWJ/Jon Hewett)

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CHESTERFIELD  (WWJ) – If you escaped the wrath of mother nature this weekend you may have thought you were in the clear … but not so for some folks in Chesterfield.

Monday afternoon a truck took down a power pole on northbound Gratiot Avenue at 23 Mile – killing power to the surrounding area.

The downed pole started a domino effect of snapping poles and taking down wires for about a quarter mile stretch of the road.

“It can be challenging at times, you know, hopefully tomorrow the wind lets up – we’re kind of used to working in this condition all the time,” a DTE lineman told WWJ’s Jon Hewett.

One area resident sympathized with those that had to work outside on such a blustery day, but lamented the fact her home was without power.

“I feel bad for the workers but at the same time it’s going to be cold for us but they are going home to warm homes … most of them,” she said.

“They told us the soonest they are going to get our power back on is Friday at 11:30 p.m.,” said Brittany. “My heat is out, my stove is out – like this is ridiculous.”

Energy crews were on the scene and planning to be there through the night working on the electrical mess predicted to take about 24 hours to repair.

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