People in Detroit neighborhood want action to stop repeat power outages

Posted at 8:44 PM, Sep 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-05 20:44:48-04

People who live in one Detroit neighborhood say they have lost power too often and they want answers.

Karen Sanders and John Reed are neighbors who live near Seven Mile and Wyoming in Detroit.  

They say their neighborhood has lost power more than a dozen times in the last year and a half.

“I am very frustrated,” said Sanders.  “It seems to happen on this side of 7 Mile, never over there.  And this side of 7 Mile is right across from University of Detroit High School.”

“It is uncomfortable. You can’t run a fan in the house, and the wind is barely blowing,” said Reed.

They are worried about Sanders’ elderly mom who also lives in the neighborhood.

“She is an older person and already has health issues. When it is too hot that creates even greater complications,” she said.

They want to know how DTE is prioritizing when and where the grid is improved.

“What I would like is transparency,” said Sanders.

WXYZ reached out to DTE, and a spokesperson said they had meetings in response to Karen’s complaints today. They are working to address the problem.

They say they are going to make sure trees along the neighborhood’s circuits are trimmed to improve reliability in the coming months. They will replace old power lines and equipment next year.