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Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) is predicting approximately 1,800 services without power this morning. The remaining outages are widespread, but most are in Montmorency County. So far crews have restored over 10,300 of the approximately 12,200 services affected since Saturday morning.
Winter storm Xanto continues to bring additional freezing rain, ice, snow and strong winds to northern Michigan. Wind speeds are predicted to be sustained at 40 to 48 mph through Monday. The winds and winter weather conditions may cause additional new outages today and affect repair times for broken poles, downed lines and tree removals. PIE&G has brought on additional contract line and tree crews along with special equipment. Their combined efforts will continue throughout the weekend.
Due to the widespread nature of the damage and continued adverse weather conditions, PIE&G expects repairs to continue into Monday and for some, possibly early next week. Members who are currently without power should make preparations to be without service for an extended period of time.
Our member’s patience is greatly appreciated while progress is being made as quickly and safely as possible under the circumstances. Watch for updates on our home page, outage map and on Facebook.
To report power outages or any downed power lines, please call 1 (800) 423-6634. Stay at least 25 feet away from downed wires and report them immediately to PIE&G or local law enforcement (911).
Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) is currently predicting approximately 2,150 services without power this evening. Crews have restored around 8,200 of the approximately 10,000 services affected so far today. PIE&G’s entire service territory experienced damage from Winter Storm Xanto. Most of the remaining outages are located in Montmorency County.
The winter storm is expected to push through northern Michigan into Sunday and possibly Monday, with the potential of additional freezing rain, ice, snow and gusting winds. Weather conditions will contribute to additional new outages and longer repair times for broken poles, downed lines and tree removals. Wolverine Power and outside contract crews are working along with PIE&G crews and efforts will continue throughout the weekend. We appreciate our member’s patience while progress continues on repairs.
With the significant amount of storm damage and the potential for worsening weather overnight and tomorrow, PIE&G expects repairs to continue into Monday and for some, possibly Tuesday. Members who are currently without power should make preparations to be without service for an extended period of time. Updates will be available on our home page, outage map and on Facebook.
Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) crews are making steady progress with repairs since outage reports began early this morning. Currently, PIE&G predicts approximately 4376 open storm related outages (down from approximately 9,375 affected since 4:00 a.m.). All nine counties in PIE&G’s service territory have been affected, with Montmorency and Cheboygan counties being affected most.
Winter Storm Xanto brought heavy wet snow and ice from the Plains into the Great Lakes region overnight. The storm’s duration is expected to continue tonight, Sunday and into Monday, with the potential for additional freezing rain and ice, snow and strong winds. Some areas could see 18-24 inches of snow. Worsening weather conditions will contribute to additional outages and longer repair times to replace broken poles, repair downed lines and remove trees from lines. Wolverine Power and outside contract crews are assisting PIE&G with their restoration efforts.
With the number of downed trees and lines, coupled with the potential for worse weather tonight and tomorrow, PIE&G anticipates that repairs will continue for several days. Members who are currently without power should make preparations to be without for an extended period of time. Continuing updates will be available on our website (pieg.com) and outage map, and on Facebook.
Please call 1 (800) 423-6634 to report power outages or any downed power lines. Stay at least 25 feet away from downed wires and report them immediately to PIE&G or local law enforcement (911).
A winter storm watch is in effect for northern Michigan this weekend that includes freezing rain, ice, heavy snow, strong winds and hazardous travel conditions. These conditions usually cause downed power lines and outages. PIE&G has preparations made so we’re standing by ready to respond as quickly and safely as possible to restore power. In the meantime, here are some tips to help you prepare.
Charge your phone and have fresh batteries, flashlights and lanterns ready. Stock your pantry with non-perishable foods like cereal, crackers, snack bars, canned beans and fish, bread, peanut butter and jelly, and ready to eat items that don’t require cooking. Fill your laundry sink or bath tub half way with tap water for bathroom use, and have bottled water and gallon jugs or dispensers for drinking and cleanup. Have food and water for pets. Have some cash on hand.
If you use gasoline, propane or natural gas-burning devices to stay warm, never use them indoors. These fuel sources should always be properly ventilated.
Stay off the roads so crews can plow and salt. If you must travel, fill up your gas tank, allow plenty of travel time, use your headlights and take someone along or tell someone about your travel plans in case of emergency.
Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle with a blanket, cell phone and charger, bottled water, prescriptions and packaged snacks or fruit. If you see downed lines across the road, stop! Do not attempt to drive over them. Always assume downed lines are energized and keep as far away as possible. Call 911 or PIE&G to report.
April 9-15, 2018: Natural Gas and Electric Service Workers Appreciation Week
WHEREAS, the professions of natural gas and electric service worker have existed for as long as energy has been a part of modern living; and,
WHEREAS, at a moment’s notice these brave men and women run into storms and face dangerous conditions in order to maintain the energy infrastructure of our country; and,
WHEREAS, serving Michigan for many decades, our natural gas and electric service workers are often the first responders during catastrophic events and the last to go home; and,
WHEREAS, their dedication to ensuring our communities have the safe and reliable power they rely on involves putting their lives on the line; and,
WHEREAS, it is important for Michigan to honor and recognize these men and women for their heroic efforts in keeping our lights on and homes and businesses warm; and,
WHEREAS, we recognize the importance of watching out for these men and women as they work along the roadways;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 9-15, 2018 as Natural Gas and Electric Service Workers Appreciation Week in Michigan.
Planning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or deck? WAIT! Here's what you need to know first:
Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 three full working days before each job. Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees and shrubs. The depth of underground utility lines varies and there may be multiple utility lines in a common area. Digging without calling can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you and potentially result in fines and repair costs. Calling 811 three full working days before every digging job gets your underground utility lines marked for free and helps prevent undesired consequences.
PIE&G will be closed on March 30 in observance of Good Friday. The office will be open for business again on Monday, April 2.
Access your account anytime with our free SmartHub app for your smart phone, or on your PC or tablet at pieg.com . You may also pay or report readings anytime by calling 1-866-999-4571.
PIE&G will soon begin its 2018 vegetation management program in selected areas. Private contractors will be removing trees and limbs to prevent interference with overhead power lines. Keeping trees and brush cleared within power line rights of way (ROW) helps PIE&G maintain safe and reliable electric service.
Members residing in Cheboygan, Grand Lake, Hawks, Hillman, Onaway and Posen will be notified for ROW clearing work in their area. PIE&G will also continue working on removal of dead, dying, or diseased trees, especially trees that may impact three-phase power lines.
Please call 800-423-6634 to speak to a Member Services Representative if you have any questions.
Don’t forget to call to let us know you are back from vacation! You’ll need to provide a current meter reading for your electric and/or natural gas account and, change your mailing address back to your permanent local residence. Access your account, report readings and make payments anytime online at pieg.com or use our free Smart Hub app on your tablet or smart phone. You may also report readings and make payments anytime by calling 1-866-999-4571.
It's not too late to apply for Youth Tour 2018. The application deadline is this Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.
Visit CooperativeYouthTour.com to learn more and for an online application. Still have questions? Call PIE&G at 989-733-8515 and ask for Deanna.