BWL Response Investigation Underway
The team put together to investigate what went wrong with last month's ice storm response by the Lansing Board of Water and Light has already begun the task.
A meeting on Thursday focused on the number of those affected by the outages--hundreds of thousands--and why some had to wait nearly two weeks to get their service restored. Discussions also included the number of linemen on duty at the time of the December event and why more crews were not called in in anticipation of the storm's damaging effects.
One idea floated is to see whether tree trimming near powerlines needs to be expanded. Ice-covered tree limbs are being blamed for downing a number of powerlines all over the state leaving more than 600-thousand without electricity.
BWL officials have already acknowledged that they weren't prepared enough and have vowed to make sure efforts in the future will be more responsive. Those with the investigative team say it'll be their job to make sure that's the case.