Governor Rick Snyder tours damage and power line clean up efforts in Dearborn Heights

Posted at 5:16 PM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 17:16:27-05

Crews are working around the clock to restore power all over the state.  Friday, Governor Rick Snyder went on site, where crews were replacing power lines in Dearborn Heights.

"This was unprecedented in terms of the number of power lines, poles broken, it wasn't in one spot, this is literally from the upper peninsula down through the lower peninsula,” said Snyder.

DTE officials said this is the worst power outage Michigan’s ever had, with more than 800,000 outages at it’s peak.  The last time Michigan experienced anything like that was about 25 years ago, when there were 675,000 outages.

As for whether there will be an emergency declaration, Governor Snyder didn’t say.

"We're doing what we need to do now, we've got the emergency activation center activated, they're doing the work, so let's just keep working together to help one another and if people need more resources we want to be there to help,” said Snyder.

Governor Snyder and DTE officials want to have all of the outages state wide taken care of by Sunday night.