Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Ask for identification, double check and, when in doubt, call the Berkley or Huntington Woods Public Safety Department.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
A wind advisory remains in effect through 1 p.m. Tuesday and a hazardous weather outlook is in place through this evening for southeast Michigan, according to the National Weather Service.
Gusting winds and rain whipped Berkley and Huntington Woods overnight into Tuesday morning, but the cities avoided major outages as the remnants of Hurricane Sandy spun westward. A wind advisory expired at 1 p.m. Tuesday and a hazardous weather outlook was in place through Tuesdayevening for southeast Michigan, including Oakland County, according to the National Weather Service. A wind advisory means sustained winds of up to 30 miles per hour or gusts of 45 mph are expected, the forecasting agency says. "Looks like I'll only have to rake one more time. Bonus!" reader Lynn Vander Meer joked on the Berkley Patch Facebook page. While other southeast Michigan communities such as Rochester Hills and Oakland Township experienced significant …
Monday, October 29, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory warning of gusts up to 50 miles per hour that is in effect until 5 p.m. Tuesday and includes Berkley and Huntington Woods.
As high winds pick up in southeast Michigan due to the reach of Hurricane Sandy, so will the likelihood for power outages and other wind-related issues. [More: Hurricane Sandy Will Impact Michigan Weather This Week] The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory on Monday for all of southern Michigan, including Midland, Bay, Lenawee, Saginaw, Tuscola, Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. The advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. Tuesday. Winds are expected to reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour, and could cause hazardous situations including power outages, downed tree branches, and difficulty driving, especially on east-west roads. DTE Energy spokesman John Austerberry said that the …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Representatives explain what caused the July 17 substation fire in Royal Oak that impacted approximately 10,000 customers and say repairs are ongoing and credits are coming for consumers who have yet to receive them.
DTE Energy representatives told the Berkley City Council recently that a substation fire that impacted approximately 10,000 customers in Berkley and Royal Oak this summer was, more or less, an aberration. Regional manager Mike Palchesko and supervising engineer Ron Gerkin said Oct. 15 that DTE's electrical system is not overloaded and required maintenance was performed on the substation that was built in 1952 and serves the northeast corner of Berkley before the incident. The catastrophic Webster substation fire on July 17 in Royal Oak and the outages that followed were due to an unusual set of circumstances, the DTE representatives said. "Webster Substation was in a normal operating state prior to the incident on 7/17/2012," according to …
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Approximately 8,000 consumers impacted by outages following a July 17 substation fire will receive $25 to $250 off their bills, spokesman Alejandro Bodipo-Memba said.
DTE Energy will give approximately 8,000 customers credits on their bills following a July 17 substation fire that knocked out power to 10,000 customers in Berkley and Royal Oak during record-setting heat. The credits will be for $25 to $250, depending on the length of the customer's outage, said DTE spokesman Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, who added all eligible customers have been contacted via a recorded phone message. Anyone with questions can call 313-235-4141, he said. The July 17 equipment failure in Royal Oak that caused the fire was so intense it blew out a window and a door several feet away in the substation, Royal Oak Fire Marshall Fire Marshal Tom Nikkila said. "It was a high-heat fire," he said. "It was quite an event. "I am not an …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Strong thunderstorms that could bring wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour, hail up to 1 inch in diameter and localized flooding are possible Thursday afternoon and evening in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties.
The National Weather Service has declared a hazardous weather outlook Thursday for portions of southeast Michigan, including Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties. The agency predicts a high of 85 degrees with an 80 percent chance of precipitation Thursday; thunderstorms are expected during the afternoon, into the evening and overnight. "These storms may become severe during the afternoon and evening," according to the forecasting agency. "The biggest threat from these storms will be damaging wind gusts to 60 mph and hail to one inch in diameter. "In addition, very heavy rainfall may accompany these storms, which could lead to localized flooding," the NWS said. "... The thunderstorms will be triggered by a strong cold front sweeping across …
Hundreds of customers were without service Thursday morning in Berkley, as were dozens in Royal Oak, according to the utility's outage map.
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Thursday, August 16, 2012
An equipment failure Wednesday night caused power outages in Berkley and Royal Oak and DTE is investigating the cause today, a spokesman said. The initial outage occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m., spokesman Alejandro Bodipo-Memba said Thursday, and most customers were back online early this morning after a crew was dispatched to fix the problem. However, DTE's outage map showed that as of 10:30 a.m., 652 customers were without power in Berkley, as were 80 in Royal Oak. Bodipo-Memba said another crew was on the scene working to address the issue Thursday morning. He added that out of DTE's 2.1 million customers in southeast Michigan, fewer than 1,000 were without power, "which is very typical." "We don't have any concerns with regard to …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The utility is working to make permanent fixes and discover what caused a July 17 blaze that left 10,000 customers in Royal Oak and Berkley without power.
More than a week after an equipment problem in a Royal Oak substation resulted in a fire and multi-city power outage, DTE workers remain on site investigating and customers continue to experience intermittent outages. "From time to time, when workers are trying to fix equipment, it will be necessary to bring down power on a given current in order to make the environment safe to complete the repair," DTE spokesman Alejandro Bodipo-Memba said Thursday. The utility has taken temporary measures to keep customers online since the July 17 fire that caused 10,000 outages in Royal Oak and Berkley. Three generators and four portable transformers are dotted around the cities and a large portable substation is located on Webster Road in front of the …
Friday, July 20, 2012
Royal Oak and Berkley will have to live with portable generators and transformers until permanent repairs are made following a Tuesday night substation fire, the utility says.
Royal Oak and Berkley residents will see a lot of activity by DTE crews as the utility works to make permanent repairs after a substation fire earlier this week knocked out power to 10,000 customers in the cities, DTE spokesman John Austerberry said Friday. Temporary measures to keep the cities powered up include three generators and four portable transformers dotted around Berkley and Royal Oak, as well as a large portable substation on Webster Road in front of the Royal Oak substation that caught fire Tuesday. "The equipment will need to remain in place for a couple of weeks," Austerberry said. "When permanent repairs are made, we'll remove that equipment." He said DTE does not have a cost estimate at this time for the fire damage. "We …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
A DTE spokesman said the utility restored service Thursday night to the remaining customers who lost power Tuesday after a fire at a Royal Oak substation.
Updated, 10:30 p.m.: All of the 10,000 customers who lost power Tuesday night in Berkley and Royal Oak after a substation fire have had their power restored, DTE spokesman Alejandro Bodipo-Memba said. Updated, 9:55 p.m.: DTE's outage map showed that only one customer in Berkley was without power after an on-again, off-again day. DTE spokesman Alejandro Bodipo-Memba said that of the 10,000 customers who lost power Tuesday night in Berkley and Royal Oak after a substation fire, only 1,000 outages remained. He said those outages would be resolved within the hour. "It'll be great when all our customers can have their power back," he said. Updated, 7:26 p.m.: Berkley residents who thought they were out of the woods learned Thursday they would …