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Some mid-Michigan counties still dealing with power outages, which could last into next week

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Some mid-Michigan counties still dealing with power outages, which could last into next week

OGEMAW COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - It could be a long weekend for people in the northern part of the viewing area as a number of people are without power.

Thousands in Ogemaw County are still without power and in Arenac County, warming shelters are available.

Consumers Energy has told the emergency management director of Ogemaw, Oscoda and Arenac Counties they hope to have the majority of customers back on Friday nigth but some have been warned that it could take until the middle of next week for isolated areas.

"We're hoping that people can come in and warm up or we have showers that are available that they're able to utilize as well," says Shara Klenk, the CEO of the Arenac Community Center.

This part of Arenac county south of Standish has been out of power for a few days. Klenk's own home has been out of power since Wednesday.

She's hoping Consumers Energy is right when it says power should be restored tonight, but the company has also informed her it could take until Wednesday.

"We have a generator so we are pretty fortunate but not a lot of people do," she says.

The Arenac Community Center says the facility is one three warming shelters in Arenac County for people during the daytime hours.

Mike Bowers is the emergency management director for Arenac, Ogemaw and Oscoda counties.

"I'm going to go up to Ogemaw and Oscoda counties and look at trying to get a few warning centers set up for overnight tonight," says Bowers.

Power outages, flooding, this part of the state has seen dealing with a lot, all during a pandemic.

"We spent almost two years in crisis mode as far as emergency management," says Bowers.

Bowers has been working with Bay Area Community Foundation on getting grants to help people prepare for the next major inconvenience.

"Help 200 residents be able to have these kits that will give them 72 hours of food, water tablets," says Shenk.

Even solar energy battery packs and inverters, sort of a mini generator to get them through the next crisis.

"Because something is always going to be coming next," says Bowers.

Gladwin County also opened up some warming centers at the Secord and Clement Township Halls..those centers are open until 8 tonight.

Anchor/Reporter

Terry Camp anchors ABC12 News First at Four and ABC12 News at 5:30. He also reports on issues in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

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