Hundreds of thousands still without power as DTE crews work to restore power

Posted at 11:19 PM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 12:43:55-05

They could be the last ones to see help in metro Detroit - individual homeowners with down wires and trees in their backyards will need to wait until the hardest hit areas have their power back on.

Emergency crews say they are concentrating on down wires and trees blocking major roads and intersections, before they can make their way to backyards.

John McMillan tells 7 Action News he has a dangerous situation in his yard on Woodmont in Detroit, but knows it could be a while before the live wire gets cleaned up.

McMillan says, "It's devastation, it's horrible man."

At the height of the storm, which DTE calls the worst in its 100-year history, more than 9,000 wires were knocked down.

The Huntington Woods area also saw a lot of damage in backyards and outages everywhere.

Staring at a large tree down on a power line in his neighbor's back yard on Vernon Avenue, Jack Brady warned of the danger,

"If that wire is live, it's touching the fence and that means it's going all the way down there, so yes, definitely stay away from that," he says.

Many homeowners are now deciding whether to stay home and battle the cold or head for warmer shelter.

McMillan told us, "It was cold last night, cold, and it was cold this morning."

DTE Energy says about 400,000 remain without power. They are aiming to have another 200,000 customers restored today with 90 percent of customers back by Sunday evening.