UPDATED: More than 10,000 White Lake and Highland Residents Without Power
Power went out Wednesday morning for a large portion of homes north of M-59 in White Lake and Highland.
Wednesday, 3:20 p.m.
DTE is reporting that power has been restored.
Wednesday, 1:40 p.m.
Residents are reporting that power is starting to come back on in parts of White Lake and Highland.
The following areas have power, according to residents:
- Highland Township at Duck Lake and Jackson
- The area of White Lake Road and Ormond Road
- Highland Hills subdivision
- Bay Ridge off Harvey Lake Road
- Highland Township at Wardlow and Willow Lane
- Rose Township
Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.
The following traffic lights are out, according to reports from White Lake-Highland Patch readers on the Patch Facebook page:
- Milford Road and Wardlow
- Duck Lake Road and Wardlow
- Duck Lk. Road and M-59
- Milford Road and M-59
- Ormond Road and M-59
Please expect some traffic delays along M-59 in Highland and White Lake while the power is out. Exercise caution when approaching an intersection where the lights are out and remember to treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
Wednesday, 12:50 p.m.
Here are some tips from the American Red Cross for coping with a power outage, which can create a great deal of stress if the outage continues for more than a couple of days.
- Turn off and unplug major appliances including televisions, computers, stereos and other electronics to avoid damage from a power surge when the power comes back on.
- Leave on one light so you’ll know when the power is back on.
- Do not use a generator unless it has been properly installed and is properly ventilated to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Avoid unnecessary travel. Traffic lights could be out and power lines could be down, making driving dangerous.
- Check your sources of light. Propane lanterns should be used outside only, not inside, because they give off carbon monoxide, which can kill you.
- If the power is expected to be out for an extended period of time, consider staying with family members or friends or getting a hotel room.
If you are looking for a place to stay warm, the White Lake Township Library has power and is open until 8 p.m. tonight. The Milford Library also has power and is open until 8 p.m.
If you know of any building closures, or traffic lights that are out, please post in the comments below and help get the word out.
Wednesday, 11:45 a.m.
Len Singer, media relations with DTE Energy, said crews are out in the area now, trying to isolate the problem.
"There is some fault in a tie line that connects several substations in the area," Singer said. "Crews are out now trying to find the problem so we can get to work on fixing it. Unfortunately this comes at a time when we are trying to restore outages across Southeast Michigan from the recent wind storms."
Singer said there is no estimate on when power will be restored to the area, but because of the large number of people affected by the outage DTE has made fixing this issue a priority.
"Hopefully we can isolate the problem quickly and get things resolved," Singer said.
Wednesday, 11:25 a.m.
Kim Root with Huron Valley Schools said both Apollo and the Duck Lake Center are experiencing outages - along with Spring Mills Elementary and Highland Elementary.
"Parents who have children in the day care program at Apollo should make arrangements for their children to be picked up as soon as possible," Root said in an email.
In addition, students at Spring Mills Elementary and Highland Elementary will be released early. Parents have until 12:45 p.m. to pick up their students.
"After 12:45 p.m., students will be transported to Milford High School," Root said. "Students who remain at MHS until their regular release time will be transported by bus to their regular bus stop at their usual time."
Wednesday, 10:50 a.m.
More than 9,400 White Lake and Highland area residents are without power this morning.
According to a DTE Energy outage map, residents lost power between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Affected areas include a large portion of both White Lake and Highland Townships, mostly north of M-59.
Currently, DTE says power will be restored by Thursday, Nov. 1, at 9:30 p.m. for some homes, and Saturday, Nov. 3, at 11:30 p.m. for others.
- Indian Springs Metropark
- Duck Lake Center
- Spring Mills Elementary
- Apollo Center
- Highland Elementary
- Highland Library