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Weathering a Winter Ice Storm

Updated: Feb 24, 2023

This week, Michigan experienced a winter storm, bringing snow and ice to the state. Ice storms can coat power lines resulting in power outages. The aftermath of the storm resulted in more than 690,000 Michiganders experiencing power outages. FLC had the privilege of assisting Consumers Energy in restoring power to their almost 200,000 customers' experiencing an outage. FLC supplied 35 crews, consisting of lineman and groundman, to quickly and safely restore power to customers. When experiencing a winter storm, it is important to know how to remain safe. FLC wants to share tips to remain safe before and after the storm.


Before the storm, make sure to have supplies on hand and a plan to stay warm, if you experience an outage.


Supplies to have on hand, include flashlights, fresh batteries, water, blankets, and non-perishable food.

  • If using an alternate heat source, it is important to follow the operating instructions and ensure proper ventilation.

  • When trying to stay warm, stay inside and dress warmly in layered clothing.

After the storm, stay away from downed power lines.

  • A power line does not need to be sparking or arcing to be energized. It is important to assume all downed lines are energized and dangerous.

  • If you are in your vehicle, you should never drive over a downed line.


If you are interested in joining our storm crew, please submit your information to our




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