Just 15 months after Detroit's Black Out 2013 debacle, spokespeople for the city and DTE Energy confirmed at around 11:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday that most of Detroit’s municipal grid is offline:
- *DETROIT CITES 'MAJOR CABLE FAILURE' FOR POWER OUTAGE
- *DETROIT: OUTAGE IS AFFECTING ALL CUSTOMERS ON THE PLD GRID
The outage is preventing power from being delivered to police stations, schools, traffic lights and other city-run facilities and services.
According to Detroit Press Office shortly before noon:
"The city's public lighting grid suffered a major cable failure that has caused the entire grid to lose power at approximately 10:30 this morning. The outage is affecting all customers on the PLD grid. We have isolated the issue and are working to restore power as soon as possible."
As RT reports,
“It looks like the entire Detroit Public Lighting system is down. Affecting about 100 buildings, places like The Joe, Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, fire stations, schools.
We were notified about 10:30 a.m. We’re working with them to help resolve the situation. We’ll help investigate the problem and make repairs. It’s too early yet to determine what has caused the shutdown,” Scott Simons of DTE Energy Co. told the Detroit News.
Evacuations have begun across the city:
City Hall scene ... pic.twitter.com/1yjbYf5sVY— ChristineFerretti_DN (@cferretti_dn) December 2, 2014
All lights out at Woodward and Jefferson. Traffic is backing up. pic.twitter.com/2RkcfrWnDV— ChristineFerretti_DN (@cferretti_dn) December 2, 2014
People are streaming out of Coleman A. Young Building. Power is out. pic.twitter.com/Q2xYwLcybN— ChristineFerretti_DN (@cferretti_dn) December 2, 2014