Truck knocks out power at municipal complex

By Tom Tigani

Times-Herald Newspapers

SOUTHGATE — Electrical power at the city’s municipal complex was knocked out for about four hours Wednesday when a concrete truck on a neighboring street hit a low-hanging wire.

City Administrator Brandon Fournier said the truck was involved in a job at a private residence when it struck the wire about 9 a.m., bringing down several others in the process and cutting power to City Hall, Veterans Memorial Library, the city’s ice rinks, the Police and Fire departments and 28th District Court.

The Department of Public Works garage didn’t lose power, he said.
Generators were brought in to help operate the police department and the library during the outage.

Fournier said he was told by DTE Energy officials that the wire was lower than it should have been and was raised higher by crews as they worked to restore power.

Lights started to come back on about noon, he said, and the complex was fully operational by 1:30 p.m.