Equipment fix leads to power outage in Ottawa County

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PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Hundreds of homes and businesses in Ottawa County were expected to lose power as Consumers Energy worked to repair damaged equipment.

The utility company anticipated the outage would start around 4 p.m. Tuesday and to last about two hours.

Crews needed to fix equipment on a utility pole next to an electrical substation near Lakewood Boulevard and Lakeshore Drive in Park Township.

Approximately 962 customers were affected by the outage, generally in the area bordered by Quincy Street to the north, Lake Macatawa to the south, Lakeshore Drive to the west and 160th Avenue to the east.

Consumers Energy originally anticipated about 2,700 people to lose power, but said “proactive work” by crews to transfer the electric load to other circuits reduced the number of impacted homes and businesses.

Consumers Energy said the repairs couldn’t be safely completed without powering down the equipment.

“Consumers Energy apologizes for the short notice but the safety of our employees and the public is of utmost importance,” the company stated in a news release.

Customers can track Consumers Energy’s progress through the company’s outage map.