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Met-Ed crews helping to restore power in Michigan

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 27 2013 10:14:24 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 27 2013 05:05:13 PM CST

More than a dozen employees of Berks County-based Met-Ed are among those working to restore electricity in Michigan.

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. -

More than a dozen employees of Berks County-based Met-Ed are among those working to restore electricity in Michigan.

The 15 crew members, mostly linemen, traveled to Lansing on Monday, Karen Baxter, a spokeswoman for Met-Ed, said Friday. No date has been set for their return to Berks County.

The widespread power outages across the northern United States and Canada are the result of a massive ice storm.

As of Friday, more than 127,000 homes and businesses in parts of Michigan, northern New England and the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick were still without electricity in below-freezing temperatures.

Crews have been working around the clock to restore power. Utility companies said it may not be back on for everyone until sometime this weekend.

At least 19 people in the U.S. and Canada have died in weather-related incidents since Saturday, most the result of carbon monoxide poisoning, emergency management officials said.