Farmington Hills council member wants answers from DTE

Almost exactly a week before Monday’s storm-related power outages in Farmington and Farmington Hills, one local official said she wants some answers from DTE Energy.

As Theresa Rich spoke during a July 22 Farmington Hills City Council meeting, thousands of local DTE customers remained without power after two rounds of strong storms with straight-line winds hit southeast Michigan July 19 and 20. The company estimated about 600,000 customers lost power; restorations were completed July 24.

”It feels like we’ve had an increasing number of power outages in our community, and this uptick is concerning, particularly because we have an aging community,” Rich said. “This uptick is concerning, particularly because we have an aging community. This could be a public health concern.”

Rich asked that company representatives meet with council members “and share with us the data about the extent to which they are meeting deliverables… and if not, what their plan is to mitigate.”

“I think our residents deserve some answers,” she added.