ESCANABA - Upper Peninsula Power Co. crews from the U.P. headed downstate Thursday to assist Consumers Energy with the ongoing utility restoration efforts.
Nearly 50 employees of UPPCO and Wisconsin Public Service departed from Escanaba with 15 to 20 trucks and were bound for the Flint area to work on restoring power that was knocked out by last weekends ice storm.
The U.P. crews will join other utility employees from numerous utility companies to assist restoration efforts.
Cory Bean works atop a utility pole to repair a power line Thursday in East Lansing. Bean is part of a crew from utility service company T&D Solutions out of Kentucky brought in to assist Consumers Energy with restoring power in Michigan after an ice storm. Upper Peninsula Power Co. crews left for the Flint area on Thursday to help restore power. (AP photo)
"These types of extreme outages encourage other utility companies to step in and assist those seriously affected," Keith Moyle, UPPCO vice-president and general manager, said in a press release. "We understand what the utility company, their customers and employees are working through during these challenging weather patterns. ... Our goal is help them restore power quickly, yet safely to those customers affected."
Crews could be assisting Consumers Energy throughout the weekend. UPPCO and WPS will leave employees behind to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electricity to its own customers and infrastructure.
The cost of the assistance will be passed along to the respective utility company requesting the assistance and will have no effect on UPPCO or WPS customers.