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6 a.m. Power Outage Update; All Great Lakes Energy Customers in West Michigan Now Have Power Restored.

NEWAYGO, Mich., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Great Lakes Energy line crews worked through the night to restore power to all 5,000 west Michigan customers who were without power due to the recent severe storms. Most customers had power restored by midnight, and others were returned to service around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

At the peak last night, up to 5,000 customers of Great Lakes Energy in west Michigan were without power, as of 7 p.m., Monday, May 17.

GLE's substations in Pierson, Howard City and Cedar Springs were knocked out of service when a tree fell through a major transmission line feeding the substations. Customers served by those substations had power restored by 9 p.m. Monday night.

GLE also experienced widespread power outages in Hastings, Middleville, Wayland, Dorr and elsewhere throughout Allegan, Ottawa and Barry counties.

Great Lakes Energy Cooperative, with 12,000 miles of power lines, is the customer-owned power company for 110,000 homes, farms and businesses in 24 Michigan counties from Kalamazoo to the Mackinac Straits. Great Lakes Energy also provides propane, heating and cooling, electrician and insulation services and has utility customer service and linemen's centers in Wayland, Newaygo, Reed City, Scottville, Hart, Boyne City, Waters and Kalkaska.
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Date:May 18, 1999
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