LET THERE BE LIGHT! POWER RESTORED TO MUCH OF MID-MICHIGAN ON MONDAY NIGHT
Durand on Monday, November 18th, looking like a ghost town as the city was without power after an unusual autumn storm. Nearly 9,000 in Shiawassee county were without power for more than 24 hours. Some remain without power.
If nothing else, it's a serious case of "under promise and over deliver" as early Monday Consumers Energy extended the anticipated outage for much of mid-Michigan until Saturday night at 11pm, following a Sunday afternoon storm. Then, just before 10pm on Monday, the lights came on. Not only is most, if not all, of Durand turned back on, so are many surrounding communities, including Byron, Lennon and Gaines.
Reports from Vernon, Bancroft and rural areas of Durand and Corunna of continued outages have been received.
Durand Area Schools alerted parents earlier this evening that classes would again be canceled on Tuesday due to the power outage.
The City of Durand also issued a release Monday evening:
The American Red Cross Shiawassee County Chapter has opened a warming station and shelter for those area residents in need during the power outage. The center is located at Durand High School, 9575 E. Monroe Road, Durand, MI and will accept those in need beginning at 6:00 p.m. today (Monday, November 18, 2013) Snacks will be available this evening. Beginning tomorrow, meals will be served. SATA is available to provide transportation if needed until 9:00 p.m. this evening. For additional information, please contact "211".
No word on whether Durand schools will reverse their decision to cancel Tuesday classes, as some other districts have reportedly done, or what will come of the high school warming station. Both Vernon Township halls are also serving as warming stations. We will post updates as warranted.