Power restored in downtown Flint after Tuesday afternoon outage
FLINT (WJRT) -
(06/10/14) - In downtown Flint, Tuesday, the power was out for the third time in a month.
The latest outage impacted businesses, along with city and county buildings.
The power is back on, but the County Circuit Court building closed early. They lost power just before 12:30 p.m., forcing them to close their doors early and turn customers away.
Power was restored around 2:30 p.m.
Consumers Energy says a contractor was digging and ran into a main electric line, shutting off power to more than 200 homes and businesses.
For some residents, it was a big inconvenience.
"Back and forth to work, that's all I got to do," said Kendrick Hairston, who lives in Flint.
However, to get to his job with Flint Public Schools, Hairston needs a proper drivers license. To get one of those, he needs documentation from Genesee County. But with the county buildings closed, he couldn't do his business.
"Just trying to do the right thing, get my birth certificate so I can drive safely on the streets," he said.
This is the third power outage we've seen downtown in about a month.
"It's now costing more than the inconvenience to the residents, it's costing the taxpayers' money," said County Commissioner Jamie Curtis.
Consumers says the other two outages are still under investigation.
"We are still investigating though exactly the cause for those outages and we're continuing to look into it in detail so that we make sure that we can make some repairs and improvements so the likelihood of that happening is quite low," said Consumers spokesperson Roger Morgenstern.
Curtis says he plans to schedule a meeting with Consumers so they can talk about the outage issues.