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PIE&G Expects to Complete Restorations Later Today

PIE&G just completed repairs to 49 outages in the Beaver Lake (Turtle Lake Club) area.  Crews have been assigned to all of the (18) remaining scattered outages. Deep snow and remote locations interfered with the crews’ ability to reach damaged lines that were not accessible by bucket trucks or service vehicles. PIE&G brought in additional special off-road equipment and snowmobiles to reach a broken poles and trees on lines in the deep woods and swamp areas.

PIE&G expects that crews should be able to finish up all repairs by this evening, barring weather and other complications.

PIE&G cautions that, as temperatures climb by the end of the week, additional new power outages may be caused as trees and power lines start to release melting snow and come in contact with each other. PIE&G is prepared and will have crews standing by to respond as conditions require.

Once again, PIE&G is grateful to all affected members for their patience and understanding during this historic Winter Storm Xanto. 

Storm Update 7:30 pm Monday

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) has all but 137 services restored this evening. Crews are still working, but deep snow is impacting their ability to reach damaged lines that are not accessible by bucket trucks or service vehicles. PIE&G brought in additional snow machines and other special off-road equipment to gain access to deep wooded areas where some of the problems are located. Most of the remaining outages are in Alpena and Montmorency counties.

The Tip of the Mitt received additional snowfall today, and current snow depths are estimated to be around 12 inches. Due to the widespread nature of the storm damage and weather conditions, some repairs are expected to continue into Tuesday. A few of the individual outages that are difficult to reach may carry into Wednesday.

PIE&G extends sincere appreciation to affected members for their patience while crews strive to make repairs as quickly and safely as possible under the circumstances. Updates for Tuesday, April 17 will be posted on our website home page, outage map and on Facebook.

Outage Update 9 pm Sunday

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) had restored all but 750 services at 6 pm Sunday evening, but persistent strong winds caused additional line outages in the Mullet Lake area and also southeast of Cheboygan. This evening, PIE&G is predicting approximately 1,960 outages remaining. Most are in Montmorency and Cheboygan counties. PIE&G estimates that crews have restored over 12,800 of approximately 14,800 outages that were predicted to be off at some point since yesterday.

Sustained wind speeds of 40 to 48 mph, along with the cold and blowing snow, caused additional new outages today and affected repair times.  PIE&G has had help from three Wolverine Power line crews and additional contract line crews together with outside tree removal crews. Due to the widespread nature of the damage and continued adverse weather conditions, some repairs will continue into Monday evening.

PIE&G extends sincere appreciation to affected members for their patience while crews strive to make repairs as quickly and safely as possible under the circumstances. Updates will be posted on our website home page, outage map and on Facebook.

Storm Update 2 pm Sunday

Approximately 1,100 outages are being predicted by Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) this afternoon. The largest line outages are near Atlanta, Canada Creek, Hillman, Lewiston, Lake Avalon and Beaver Lake in Montmorency County. Smaller line outages in Presque Isle County are near Hammond Bay, Hawks, and Posen, and in Cheboygan County near Indian River/Mullet Lake and Fingerboard Corners. PIE&G estimates that crews have restored over 11,400 of approximately 12,500 outages that were predicted to be out on its system since yesterday.

The sustained wind speeds of 40 to 48 mph through Monday, along with the cold and blowing snow, may cause additional new outages today and affect repair times. PIE&G has additional contract line and tree crews and special equipment to aid them in their efforts.  Due to the widespread nature of the damage and continued adverse weather conditions, some repairs may continue into Monday evening.

PIE&G extends sincere appreciation to affected members for their patience while crews strive to make repairs as quickly and safely as possible under the circumstances. Updates will be posted on our website home page, outage map and on Facebook.

Outage Update 9 am Sunday

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).

Winter Storm Update 7 pm

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.

Historic April Winter Storm Xanto Wreaks Havoc

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).

 

WEEKEND WINTER STORM WATCH – BE PREPARED!

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.

For more information, visit ready.gov/winter-weather or www.safeelectricity.org

Governor Snyder Issues Proclamation

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. 

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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.

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