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UPDATE: Its Sunday night and Consumers is down to a few hundred outages


JACKSON  (WKZO)-- As of 8 p.m. Sunday evening, Consumers Energy still had about 600 customers in the dark, more than a week after ice storms hit south central Michigan, leaving over 413-thousand energy users in the dark at one time or another.. That’s nearly a quarter of the utility’s total customer base.

About 56-of the outages remained in Barry County. The rest are in the Lansing and Flint areas.

They hoped to have work wrapped up by tonight.

Since last Saturday, nearly 3,000 office and field workers from Consumers Energy and 13-different states and Washington D.C. have been assigned to focus on restoring the grid.

Consumer’s Energy is calling it one of the ten worst in their 126-year history, and certainly the worst ever on Christmas week.

There has been a lot of reports of frustration and even anger expressed about Consumers Energy management in social on-line media.   Line crews have generally been greeted warmly in most neighborhoods, sometimes with pizza and cookies, at least as warmly as it gets in temperatures below freezing.

Detroit Edison wrapped up their work on Saturday. A total price tag for the repairs has not been released.

 The repairs come just in time for another round of bitterly cold temperatures expected to arrive overnight Sunday.