Winter Storm Leaves Thousands of PIE&G Members Affected

Onaway, MI: On January 12, 2024, a severe winter storm tore through the service area of Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G), resulting in power outages for 4,315 members in Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Montmorency, Oscoda, and Presque Isle Counties. The swift response of PIE&G Crews has successfully restored service to 3,835 members, with dedicated teams continuing their efforts. Despite progress, the National Weather Service has issued further snowfall forecasts, posing additional challenges. Individual outages are expected to go into tomorrow, January 14, 2024.

In times of adverse weather conditions, we urge everyone to follow these guidelines:

Before a storm:

  • Assemble an emergency kit, including a radio, flashlight, candles, matches, and batteries.
  • Ensure you have an adequate supply of blankets, fuel or wood, and water.
  • Keep a corded or cell phone readily available, as cordless phones require electricity.

If an outage occurs:

  • Before contacting PIE&G, check for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers.
  • If the power is out in your vicinity, exercise caution by watching for fallen wires, damaged utility poles, or tree limbs on power lines. Always maintain a safe distance from downed lines and any objects in contact with them, including children and pets.

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members experiencing power loss or witnessing downed power lines should promptly contact us at (800) 423-6634 to report outages or unsafe conditions.

During extended outages:

  • Individuals reliant on medical equipment should establish an emergency backup plan.
  • When using a portable generator, disconnect house circuits from utility power.
  • Refrain from using a gas range for heating or charcoal as an indoor heat or cooking source.

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op extends its support and resources to approximately 40,000 member-owners across a nine-county region in Northeast Michigan. Our headquarters is located in Onaway, Michigan.

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