Power restored following storms

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About 8,000 people in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights lost power in the aftermath of severe thunderstorms that struck the area July 2, DTE Energy spokesman Scott Simons said.

Simons said that all power was restored to both cities by July 6.

Dearborn Heights Department of Public Works Director WIlliam Zimmer said that most of the damage was from fallen trees and branches in the south end of the city, and that 13 locations in the city had a high concentration of debris from the storm. He added that not many residents reported property damage and DPW services were not affected.

“We were on a backup generator for 20 hours,” he said. “No calls were affected. We had all calls go through the police department.”

Zimmer said that traffic signals affected from Van Born to Annapolis were repaired the next day. He said that the streets were mainly clear by the evening of July 2 and that the crews were out for about four hours that night.

“It wasn’t an all-day, all-night thing,” he said.

Police Chief Lee Gavin said there were many calls about downed power lines, but none about injuries resulting from the storm.

(Daniel Heraty can be reached at dheraty@bewickpublications.com.)