Record cold: Farmington area closings, utility companies ask for help

Record cold for a second day has Farmington Public Schools closed, mail delivery and trash collection delayed, and utility companies asking customers to curtail gas and electric consumption.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday night issued an emergency alert asking Consumers Energy customers to turn down their thermostats to 65 degrees through Friday. In addition to the increased demand, the company experienced a fire at a gas compressor station.

“We’re counting on every Michigander to do your part and to help us weather this storm together,” she said.

Consumers Energy

DTE Energy issued a statement Wednesday, asking customers to dial down thermostats, limit use of electrical appliances, turn off unnecessary lights, and take other measures to reduce the demand on the power grid.

“We know how important it is for our customers and Michigan’s economy to have reliable electric service they can count on day in and day out,” said Christy Wicke, executive director, Generation Optimization, DTE Energy. “While DTE’s plants are running well, our system is connected to energy grids in other states and Canada that are experiencing issues due to the extreme weather. Because of this, we are asking for your support to ensure everyone can stay warm.”

The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast predicts teens below zero, with windchills between 25 and 35 below, through 2 p.m. Thursday: “The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.”

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will suspend delivery on January 30 and January 31 across metro Detroit, including Farmington and Farmington Hills.

Farmington and Farmington Hills residents who usually have trash collection on Thursday and Friday will see pick-up delayed, after Waste Management pulled crews off the road on January 30 and 31.

In Farmington Hills, Wednesday’s routes will be collected on Friday and Thursday’s on Saturday. If your normal collection day is Friday, your trash and recycling will not be collected until next Friday.

In Farmington, there will be limited trash collection on Thursday. Residents should put out their trash on their regular collection days.

The Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills has opened its doors as a Warming Center this week, but these January 31 classes and programs have been canceled:

  • Tai Chi – all classes
  • Therapeutic Yoga
  • Strength Training
  • iPad Basics (classes will be made up)
  • Computer Forum
  • Gym Exercise
  • iPhone Basics (classes will be made up)
  • Bingo
  • E.C. Swing & Mambo/Salsa/Merengue
  • Youth Centers After School Program
  • Youth Basketball
  • Young Explorers (classes made up March 14)
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Super Bowl Party

Conway Hall is closed, and senior transportation will operate, but only for dialysis patients.

CARES of Farmington Hills will be closed January 30 and 31.