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DETROIT EDISON SETS MARCH-APRIL LINE CLEARANCE SCHEDULE

DETROIT, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Edison line clearance crews will work in 40 communities in Southeastern Michigan during the next two months to improve electrical service reliability and safety for customers.

Detroit Edison maintains a 10-foot clearance between tree branches and power lines to reduce power outages. The vast majority of outages are caused by trees coming into contact with electrical lines.

"The spring storm season is just around the corner and high winds and lightning have the potential to bring branches into contact with our lines," said Robert J. Buckler, senior vice president, Energy Marketing and Distribution.

"We trim trees year-round as part of our commitment to eliminating outages that can be prevented by line clearance work," he added. Downed power lines, which can result from contact with tree branches, also pose safety hazards. Adults should remind young children that fallen power lines should be avoided because they are dangerous and potentially life threatening.

In addition, trees in contact with power lines during normal weather may result in low voltage or outages to customers.

The utility's tree trimming crews follow National Arborist Association pruning standards, which are designed to maintain the health of trees.

In March and April, line-clearance crews will continue or begin work in the following communities:

Ingham County: Wheatfield Township, Williamston, Williamston

Township.

Lapeer County: Columbiaville, Otter Lake, North Lake.

Macomb County: Chesterfield Township.

Monroe County: Ash Township, Exeter Township.

Oakland County: Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham,

Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Clarkston, Farmington,

Franklin, Milford, Novi, Pleasant Ridge, Rochester Hills, Royal

Oak, Southfield, Troy, West Bloomfield Township.

St. Clair County: Fort Gratiot Township, Port Huron Township,

Smiths Creek.

Tuscola County: Vassar.

Washtenaw County: Ann Arbor, Northfield Township.

Wayne County: Allen Park, Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park, Huron

Township, Melvindale, Northville, Northville Township, Southgate,

Sumpter Township.
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/CONTACT: Scott L. Simons, 313-235-8808, or Lorie N. Kessler, 313-235-8807, both of Detroit Edison/

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