UPDATE: Dundee power should be on by June 9Written by Mary Petrides | | firstname.lastname@example.org
After weekend tornadoes blew through the midwest, Dundee, Mich., is still in a state of emergency, said Dundee Chief of Police Dave Uhl at a 9 a.m. news briefing June 8.
About 850 houses are still without power, but everyone should have power by June 9, said Vince Dow, vice president for distribution operation at DTE Energy, at the briefing.
Dow said DTE has strung miles of wire and had dropped about 125 poles in Dundee and planned to drop another 50 poles today. Damaged poles totaled about 200, he said. More than 300 DTE employees are working in the area.
“We’re doing everything we can to get power back as soon as possible,” he said.
Dundee High School graduation, originally scheduled for June 6, will take place at 7 p.m. June 10 at Eastern Michigan University. School officials have asked the State of Michigan for permission to cancel the few remaining days of school, Uhl said.
Power was back on at the high school and middle school by 10 p.m. June 7, Dow said.
Dundee water is safe to drink, Uhl said, and he also dismissed rumors of faulty tornado sirens. Residents who didn’t hear sirens were probably sleeping, he said — it was about 2 a.m. Local TV news stations had been tracking the storm from the west side of the state, and the community had at least an hour warning, he said. Dundee sirens were tested every Wednesday, and Uhl said he’s never had complaints from people who couldn’t hear sirens.
Since the tornado, clear weather has made cleanup easier — “It’s letting the workers do their job,” Uhl said — but heavy rains are in the forecast for tonight.
“If people want to donate something, they can bring us tarps,” said George Aren, director of disaster service for the Salvation Army of Eastern Michigan. Some houses lost roofs in the storm.
Uhl said Dundee has asked for state and federal funding, but “that’s still in limbo right now.”
Uhl said he’s been getting phone calls from out-of-state volunteers. About 200-300 people have volunteered, he said.
“If you go out into the community — I was shocked. The standard of cleanup is fantastic,” he said.