EAST LANSING, Mich. – East Lansing Department of Public Works (DPW) crews are continuing to work today, July 9 to clean up debris from City of East Lansing streets and sidewalks as a result of yesterday’s storm. The majority of streets are now open, excluding those with downed power line conflicts, which have been coned or taped off.
Residents can continue to report trees and branches blocking the public right-of-way by calling the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) non-emergency phone number at (517) 351-4220, Opt. 1. Residents are asked to continue to be patient with DPW’s clean-up efforts.
DPW will begin curbside collection of storm debris from residents’ yards on Monday, July 11. Residents with downed branches and limbs in their yards can place them curbside and the City will pick them up. Residents are asked not to place storm debris in the street or on sidewalks. The cleanup process is estimated to take a number of weeks, so patience with curbside pickup is appreciated. All storm debris can be placed at the curb as is; residents are not expected to cut items in half or bundle them. Residents should use caution when cleaning up their yards and may want to consider hiring a professional to clear larger branches and unstable/downed trees. It is the responsibility of residents to have unstable/downed trees removed from their private property.
The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) has performed several wellness checks for area seniors. If you have a loved one who would benefit from an ELPD wellness check, please call (517) 351-4220, Opt. 1.
City of East Lansing officials have been in regular contact with the Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) regarding the progress of restoration efforts. Power was restored to some East Lansing homes overnight and the crews are continuing to work toward full restoration. An advisory from the BWL can be found at www.lbwl.com/outagecenter. BWL has stated that a better assessment of restoration times will be provided today. An important thing to highlight in the BWL’s advisory is the information about mast damage:
“Customers who have experienced a single service outage due to mast damage are responsible to have repairs done before the BWL is able to restore power.”
Residents can learn more here: http://www.lbwl.com/Emergency_Mast_Repair_Program/.
Residents can continue to report power outages and downed power lines to their local utility:
BWL: 877-295-5001, http://www.lbwl.com
Consumers Energy: 1-800-477-5050, https://new.consumersenergy.com
Residents should continue to say at least 25 feet away from any downed power lines. In an emergency, call 911.