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Electricians Work To Fix Power Lines To Homes

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLSN) - As power gradually returns to whole neighborhoods, some homeowners are still in the dark, with fallen branches that have ripped down the electric wiring going to their homes.

 

 

It's been six days and counting and Kaitlin Obenauf's family has been without power since last Sunday. "It's hard especially with the Christmas holiday and two young children," said Obenauf.

 

In addition to storms knocking power out in her East Lansing neighborhood, a large branch snapped from a tree and crashed through her house.

When all her neighbors power returned this week, hers didn't.

"The power lines were ripped directly from our house from the branch that fell on our house, so they had to replace all the wiring," said Obenauf.

Before BWL can restore her power, she has to call an electrician to repair the power lines to her house. As it turns out, she isn't alone.

 

FD Hayes Electric has taken numerous calls with problems similar to Obenauf's.

Joe D'Allsandro, who's been working for 15 years, says he's nevere seen anything like this. "It's nonstop," he said.

 

D'Allesandro says many don't realize their lines are cut until, like Obenauf, their neighbors power returns and they're still in the dark.

"What we're seeing now is areas where power coming on and isolated problems that people didn't realize they had before," said D'Alessandro, the project manager for FD Hayes Electric.

He says the company's taking hundreds of calls a day and says they're working quickly so BWL and Consumers can do their job.

They say if your power lines have been cut, call a professional electrician right away and NEVER handle power lines.

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