Snow, icy roads hamper power restoration efforts in MI

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan utility says snow and icy road conditions impeded efforts to restore electrical service to several thousand customers still without power following last week’s high winds.

DTE Energy says as of Tuesday morning about 7,000 customers affected by last Wednesday’s winds remain without power. Michigan got several inches of snow Monday and roads are slippery Tuesday.

Linzie Robinson of the Detroit suburb of Wayne was without power Monday and tells The Detroit News it’s been “a frustrating process.”

Crews have been working around the clock, but DTE notes remaining outages are complex and dispersed. DTE says it hopes to have power restored by day’s end, but didn’t want to set false expectations.

Utilities say more than 1.1 million Michigan homes and businesses lost power, including about 800,000 DTE customers.