DTE: 34K remain in the dark after storms
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#1 Jul 17, 2010
Its always been a dark city...
#2 Jul 17, 2010
The outages are not necessarily in Detroit.
This whole area has long been like third world countries. Power can go off at any time without weather damage. My neighbor just lost his computer to the crew diddling with the line out front. I get tired of resetting all the clocks, but I do it so often that the programs are easy to remember. DTE knows when your power goes out. Their computer system tells them. The whole reason for making you call in is so they can judge the anger/complaint/inconvenience level those shortages are causing. When lots of people are not home, they don't get to you as fast. Another little trick the linemen like to pull is to keep the outage under two minutes or five or whatever so they don't have to report it and DTE doesn't log it. They can repeat the process until they move the line they are working on. You may be screwed if your appliance fry in such cases.
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