Residents Warned in Aftermath of Storm

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Friday, July 8, 2016, 8:33 pm
Alice Dreger

Above: a tree brought down in Chesterfield Hills today; photo courtesy of Jenny Flynn

In the aftermath of a serious summer storm this afternoon, East Lansing residents are being warned to be careful of downed power lines and unstable trees.

Today’s storm, which brought significant hail and rain, uprooted major trees and caused power outages throughout the East Lansing area. Power lines that are down should be assumed to be live and dangerous. Report downed power lines by calling 911.

According to the City, “Extra East Lansing Department of Public Works crews and officers with the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) have been called in to assist with the aftermath of today’s storm.”

Traffic lights that are out should be treated as four-way stop-sign intersections.

If you need to report a tree blocking a street, you are advised to call the ELPD non-emergency number: (517) 351-4220. Select option #1 when the automated system answers.

The BWL outage center website is reporting no outages but the online app is reporting significant outages in East Lansing. If you are in the BWL service area, you can text “OUT/OUTAGE” to 898295/txtbwl to report the outage. You can also call BWL at 877-295-5001.

For Consumers Energy outages, call 1-800-477-5050.

Tonight’s Summer Concert in the Ann Street Plaza has been cancelled.

The East Lansing Department of Public Works will begin curbside collection of storm debris on Monday, July 11.

The ELPD advises you sign up for emergency notifications via Nixle at

Want to read about what causes hail? See our earlier ELi on Earth on the subject.

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