More emergency workers were needed for BWL power outages
Power outages over winter break taught East Lansing that preventative measures may be costly, but they save grief for residents.
After a severe ice storm buckled trees, snapped power lines and left about 660,000 people across Michigan without power — some for more than a week — it’s time to talk prevention.
Underground power lines circumvent inclement weather. They also cost more. But when trees are playing Cat’s Cradle with overheard power lines, it’s about weighing safety with the costs.
When Board of Water and Light customers voiced concerns about power being restored too slowly, rumors began to circulate that the energy company hadn’t hired any more emergency workers since the storm’s arrival, accounting for the pace.
While hiring more workers from at the outset would cost more, it would aid in repairing the lines faster — much to the joy of families otherwise enjoying their Christmas by candelight.