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Lansing Dealing With Ice Storm

LANSING MICH. (WLNS) -
More than 20,000 families and business in Lansing are in the dark after an ice storm that swept through the area on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
 
Some 25,000 customers of Lansing's Board of Water and Light lost power.
 
Crews have been able to restore power to 4,000 of them. But that leaves 21,000 customers, including Lansing mayor Virg Bernero, in the dark.
 
At a Sunday afternoon press conference, BWL said its first job was to work on the 200 lines that went down in the storm. They hope to have that problem solved by Monday. They also hope to have power restored to all of their customers by Monday night. But that's a goal, not a promise.
 
BWL also says it knows where all of the outages are and that customers do not need to call in and report them. Several customers had complained that they were unable to get through the BWL lines or that their voicemail box was full.
 
Bernero says police and firefighters are also doing their part, as are road crews, who are working on major roads before hitting the side streets.
 
The city has also opened up a shelter at the Trinity Church at 3355 Dunkel Road.
City officials are also asking anyone who needs non-emergency help to call 211 and only call 911 in case of emergency.
 
They're also encouraging people without power to stay with friends or families if possible. If not, they can contact the Red Cross at (517) 484-7461.
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