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Downed Utility Pole Causes Disruptions in Downtown Fenton

A small stretch of Adelaide Street was blocked off while the pole was repaired.

A broken utility pole caused some disruption in downtown Fenton Thursday morning.

Fenton Fire Chief Robert Cairnduff said a pole near Adelaide and Shiawassee Street had snapped at the base a few weeks ago and finally broke in the wind early this morning.

Firefighters responded to the scene at 3:45 a.m. and closed Adelaide Street from Shiawassee Street to Elizabeth Street. Consumers Energy crews have been working to repair the pole.

“The pole was kind of flopping in the roadway,” Cairnduff said. “It caused a brief power outage for the city as the power was turned off as the pole was stabilized.”

Consumers Energy Spokesman Roger Morgenstern said around 20 customers remained without power in the area around 9:45 a.m. with no estimation of restoration. He had no other information on the downed pole.

The incident forced The Laundry to close while work was being done. The restaurant re-opened at 9 a.m., according to its Facebook Page.

mrblond January 31, 2013 at 08:13 PM
"said a pole near Adelaide and Shiawassee Street had snapped at the base a few weeks ago" Was it scheduled to be fixed in a way that would have (likely) prevented this from happening? Who was responsible for fixing it, Consumers?
Rob McKee February 01, 2013 at 05:02 PM
"snapped at the base a few weeks ago " ??? Why was it not replaced or shored up weeks ago then?
Jason Alexander (Editor) February 01, 2013 at 08:59 PM
The Fenton Fire Chief did say he contacted Consumers Energy when he noticed the problem. I could not get any information from Consumers on the matter.
mrblond February 01, 2013 at 10:45 PM
>I could not get any information from Consumers on the matte Shocker!
Rob McKee February 02, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Guess we will have to wait till the next time when it kills someone. Maybe then they will be on top of it.

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