The big freeze of 2013 began with a cannonade of falling limbs and orange flashes. A softer music filled the streets the following Saturday, as bits of melting ice tinkled from tree limbs to the ground. Power was back in many neighborhoods, but many single houses and pockets of houses were still out.
A live chorus of “Happy Birthday” drowned out the “Entertainment Tonight” theme in the TV lounge at Lansing’s Trinity Church on Dunckel Road last Thursday, five days after an ice storm and widespread power failures turned the church into a Red Cross shelter.
The parade of citizens at the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s customer service center Friday afternoon was beyond even Norman Rockwell’s power to paint. They came in pajama bottoms, business suits, Obama T-shirts, fedoras, overalls, berets, red holiday coats with gold jingle bells and threadbare flannel under yellowish beards.
People of Lansing and other communities served by the Board of Water and Light deserve vastly better service than they received in the aftermath of the December ice storm. They should demand an outside investigation of the utility´s wretched performance and its mandate to provide reliable service to the community.
Age: 27 • Shepard Street • Lansing
positive story: It was a silver lining for my boyfriend’s restaurant.
The records showed it would be dead slow during those days but since no
one had power and everyone came for breakfast. We were so busy. It wa...
Believe me when I tell you we had entirely something else planned for this week’s paper. I don’t want to spoil the surprise (since we will bring it to you soon), but let me just say it was the very opposite of what is perhaps the most serious issue we have ever produced.
For the better part of a week, Winter Storm Gemini made mid-Michigan look like a set piece in the hit Disney film “Frozen,” leaving between onefourth of an inch and three-fourths of an inch of heavy ice crust across the landscape.
Frustrated, angered and disheartened Board of Water and Light customers had their three minutes Monday night to face those responsible for the utility’s handling of a nine-day old ice storm that left some of them still without power.