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Posted on: July 22, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Power outages close Royal Oak court, city hall

Royal Oak’s 44th District Court and City Hall buildings are closed today due to power outages.

A few thousand DTE Energy customers in the city also remain without power in the wake of storms over the weekend.

In a statement, DTE said about 600,000 people statewide were affected by outages, though that number was reduced to 250,000 by work crews.

The storms were the second-worst that DTE has faced in its history, company officials said in a news release.

Nearly all of the outages in Michigan, caused by over 2,000 downed power lines, are expected to be repaired by Tuesday.

Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue said the city’s police station had to transfer prisoners to Berkley Public Safety and operate its dispatch out of Madison Heights police station on Saturday night after the power went out about 7 p.m.

“Our generator failed,” he said, adding that another generator has been brought in to keep the police station open. “Our power should be restored by (Tuesday) afternoon.”

A second generator for the city failed to arrive Sunday to help power operations at City Hall, city officials said.

However, Department of Public Services Director Greg Rassel said he expects another generator to arrive today.

“We’re hoping to have power back up at City Hall in time for tonight’s (City Commission) meeting,” he said.

Mayor Michael Fournier said the commission meeting – which includes a workshop at 6 p.m. on pending marijuana business rules – will be canceled only if a generator isn’t delivered in time.

Year round, over 60 percent of power outages are caused by trees and storms, according to DTE.

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