Update: Power Restored to Most Customers by 10 p.m.

At one point Saturday, 2,200 customers in Mount Pleasant and Caledonia were without power. By 6 p.m., power had been restored to more than half of them with another 650 homes back on line by 10 p.m.

*Updated at 10:25 p.m. Saturday

By 10 p.m., WE Energies restored power to the majority of the 2,200 customers who lost power in Mount Pleasant and Caledonia Saturday afternoon.

Utility spokesperson Brian Manthey confirmed for Patch that another 650 customers were brought back on line by 10 p.m. Of the remaining homes without power, he said he hoped those customers would have their power restored by midnight.

"We know how very frustrating this is and we are working hard to get this done," he said.

The issue for the last group is damaged meters. Crews are going door-to-door to check for damaged units, replacing them when appropriate. Most of the homes being checked are along Highway 31 north of Shirley Avenue, Manthey added. 

"We got started with this part of the repairs around 7 p.m., and we're hoping to complete by midnight," he said. "It's slow-going because we have to be sure it's safe to re-energize the home."

Just under 1,000 We Energies customers in Mount Pleasant and Caledonia remained without power as of 6 p.m. Saturday — about half the number who had no electricity at the peak of the outage.

There were 526 customers without power in Mount Pleasant and 463 in Caledonia as of 6 p.m., according to the We Energies outage map.

Manthey said a broken insulator on a pole near the Shirley Avenue substation - close to Highway 31 - caused two wires to touch. The wood crossbar at the top of the utility pole also broke, causing the wires to come together and triggering the power outage.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. Saturday, Patch reader Rees Roberts said he heard two loud bangs at the same time he lost power.

"It sounded almost like explosions," he said.

Manthey said the breakers tripped and their opening produced the noises, but nothing actually exploded.

"They can make some pretty loud noises when that happens and the system shuts down," Manthey added.

He clarified that the outage area was roughly bordered by 5-Mile Road to the north, Shirley Lane to the south, Highway H to the west and Settle Drive to the east.

The first calls to We Energies came in about 2:40 p.m., he said, and residents continue to call, which Manthey encouraged.

"We are getting quite a few calls, and people should call so we get their outage and location recorded," he said.

Residents who have a power outage and have not yet called in can phone the We Energies outage line at (800) 662-4797. 

Racine Uncovered scanner reports indicate some of the problem began in the 4700 block of Indian Hills Drive shortly before 3 p.m. A home on that block may have suffered substantial electrical damage, and the entire subdivision was still without power at 3:30 p.m.

Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) March 16, 2013 at 11:40 PM
@Mike - that's great news for you! But for 2,200 other homes - 1,000 of which are still without power at 6:40 p.m. - this is a giant pain the butt!
mau March 16, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Our power started going in and out for a couple minutes and then finally out for good about 2:45P. It was restored a little after 5:00P.
Dave shields March 17, 2013 at 12:20 AM
When it went out. I heard loud arching in my house two times. Power is still out. I was listing to police scanner and there was calls of meters smoking in my neighbor hood. I hope nothing burnt out in my house. Tv appliances ect
Tom S. March 17, 2013 at 12:48 AM
@rose uhmm yeah it is a big deal for people without fireplaces we are fortunate enough to have one and plenty of wood. Hopefully those that don't have somewhere to go to stay warm.
a quiet conservative March 17, 2013 at 12:55 AM
The power was also out on Green Bay road resulting in a accident at the Green Bay rd & MM intersection between a Neon & Hummer H2
Raymond March 17, 2013 at 12:55 AM
We Energies robot called me with appologies. Power is still out..whine whine
Nobody Special March 17, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Power is still out between 38 and grace church :(
Tammy SEay March 17, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Still out on 31 and 4 mile area. Brrrr
Rose Poplawski March 17, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Its not that big of a deal really....You will not freeze to death ....Now a really big deal is when the power goes out and your ozygen machine no longer makes oxygen for you....Now that would really be a problem for me....get under the covers and you will stay warm...
Rees Roberts March 17, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Power returned at 10:10pm at my residence.
Steve Welch March 17, 2013 at 04:16 AM
As of 10:30 no power in Mona Park neighborhood.
Mary March 17, 2013 at 01:26 PM
We finally got power about 5 am (pretty chilly in the house by then), but have several major appliances fried and a breaker that won't reset and our auxilliary heater is fried.
Patrick Flynn March 17, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Same here- including a brand new furnace shot.
Patrick Flynn March 17, 2013 at 01:51 PM
@mary. Our electrician had us unplug everything on that circuit. Then it reset. Now we have to determin which appliance is short circuiting and causing it to trip...one by one
jasonh000 March 17, 2013 at 02:40 PM
i was out driving when it happened. i heard a loud boom and saw a flash of light. i felt it in my chest and my cd in the radio jumped. kinda disoriented me. i thought it was lightning at first but it was a clear day.
Patrick Flynn March 17, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Dave shields March 17, 2013 at 04:53 PM
I got zapped! $900.00 furnace repair. Garage door motor fried, price? Air cleaner machine shot $250.00 a monster surge protector shot but it saved t.v and computer. Any one heard of solar flares or solar bursts
Dave shields March 17, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Outside meter replaced also
Patrick Flynn March 17, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Not so lucky here...$2500 deductible. But our furnace was under warranty so that was covered..
Bubbles March 17, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Briguy, are you still scamming the citizens of Caledonia with your conflict of interest where you both determine which lots are overgrown and need to be mowed and then have YOUR company mow these lots? Are you related to Racine's mayor Dickert?
Patrick Flynn March 17, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Circuit Board on Dishwasher - resistors blown.- need new circuit board here too. Ebay?
kentuckychief March 17, 2013 at 05:46 PM
HA, not that serious.. Read some of the comments Rose.. Seems pretty serious to me..
kentuckychief March 17, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Rose sounds like a Moron
kentuckychief March 17, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Furnace should be covered under Warranty, especially if it's a Carrier.
Patrick Flynn March 17, 2013 at 06:23 PM
FYI - Sondergaard Electric - If you ever need a guy, this guy was honest as the day is long, johnny on the spot. Very responsive. Heating Solutions & Cooling was out here within an hour of the call as well. Replaced the circuit boards on the Furnace, went through everything and helped us identify the problem with the dishwasher (All no charge and all during a Home Show). I know who I will be calling in the future. At this point we have a dead X-box, Dishwasher, A few outlets we can't determine why they don't function and Microwave. It could have been worse and not the end of the world. St. Paddy's Day will have to be celebrated next weekend... Corned Beef & Cabbage finished cooking before the outage and the Guinness is just fine. :) Hope the folks in Indian Hills come out ok.
Tom March 17, 2013 at 10:32 PM
So you finally paid your bill eh? :) BUN
Tuco March 18, 2013 at 01:26 AM
My brother's power came on at 4:45 Sunday morning!
Bob Carren March 20, 2013 at 02:14 AM
We lost a microwave, 2 LCD TVs, and 3 blown receptacles due to the power surge. Filed a claim with We Energies, and they offered $300 to settle. What a joke! $2200 in damage that was caused by their system failure.
Patrick Flynn March 20, 2013 at 09:30 PM
How did you file a claim with WE.... My insurance company just left here. They said they would go after WE.
Patrick Flynn March 22, 2013 at 05:52 PM
$300 offer to settle with WE.... our deductible is $2500 and our damage exceeded $6000.00


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