SW Michigan residents still without power five days after storm

Thousands of Michiana residents were left in the dark after last week's storm. Now, there are some folks that are still dealing with the aftermath five days later.

More than 100 customers in Southwest Michigan continue to be without power, mostly those that live along the lake in Covert.

“Trees were just knocked down everywhere,” said John Carlson, who lost power last Wednesday night.

While the sun is now shining over the town, evidence of the storm is almost everywhere you look.

Trees are snapped in half and power lines tangled among the brush.

“This is the first time I’ve been exposed to a storm that is so centrally located in such a small area,” said Jeff Armstrong, senior safety and health consultant of AEP.

The mixture of rain and high winds meant many more obstacles to restoring power.

“A lot of heavy wind and the sandy soil being saturated just laid the trees right down,” Armstrong said.

AEP trucks can be spotted up and down Blue Star Highway, but it is actually getting the trucks into the problem areas that has become an issue.

Hilly terrain and scattered trees means maneuvering down these narrow paths takes even longer.

“We have to carry a lot of stuff in,” Armstrong said. “Trees are down on the conductor so we have to set those by hand. We can't use equipment.”

The homes at fire lane 14 were some of the hardest hit by the storm.

“We have a 125 pound picnic table that was moved ten feet on our deck,” said Carlson about the storm’s winds.

AEP said the goal is to have power restored by Friday.

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