Never assume we know that your power is out. While we do have equipment installed on our lines that indicate general areas are without power, we rely on customer outage reports to help pinpoint specific areas without power. Your report will help us determine the full extent of an outage and help us more efficiently deploy our crews to restore power.
First, stay at least 20 feet away from the lines, and keep children and pets inside. Assume that all downed power lines are energized and stay away. Report the downed lines online (using links in the left navigation of this page) or call us at 800.477.4747. If you think the downed lines pose an immediate hazard to the public, call 911 or your local emergency police and fire number.
Consider all lines to be energized and stay at least 20 feet away. Keep children and pets away, too. Energized wires that have fallen may whip around, spark or arc as they look for a ground, which is either the earth or something connected to the earth, such as a tree or metal fence. However, energized wires that have found their ground may lie silent and still, but are equally dangerous.
There are several possible reasons. Fuses inside your home could have tripped and caused an outage. Tree limbs may have fallen on your service drop, which is the line that runs from the utility pole to your home. Or your neighbors may get their electrical service from another circuit that was not damaged by the storm or was restored earlier than the circuit supplying power to your home.
After you report an outage, we create a computerized report of the trouble. The information contained in the trouble report goes into our outage management computer program, which helps us determine the extent of the outage based on your outage report, those from other customers, current weather conditions and other factors. After the extent of the outage is determined, we prioritize your trouble report and send it to our dispatch center for assignment to a line crew for repair.
Our staff constantly monitors weather conditions, and when severe weather threatens, we begin mobilizing early on. By the time severe storms reach our area, our emergency team is already at work implementing our storm response plan. As soon as weather conditions permit us to safely begin restoration work, such as when the storm subsides, our crews assess the extent of damage and begin restoration. If necessary, we call in line crews from other utilities to help with restoration efforts.
Our top priority is restoring power to hospitals, nursing-care facilities, police and fire stations, communication facilities (radio and television stations), and sanitary-pumping facilities. We then focus on restoring power to the remaining households and businesses, starting with electrical circuits where the largest numbers of customers are without power.
After a major storm, it takes us several hours to analyze the extent of damage and develop restoration schedules. You can get a restoration estimate online from a location that has power. You may also call 800.477.4747 and use our automated system. Remember that estimates may be revised if damage is more severe than anticipated or continuing severe weather delays our restoration efforts.
Getting the power back on for everyone is a structured and detailed process − everything must be done in steps. The line truck you saw may have contained a crew that was assessing the extent of damage. Or the crew may have been repairing the lines serving your street, which must be done before the line going into your home is fixed. Please refrain from stopping our line crews to ask questions or make special requests. Doing so only slows restoration of power for you and your neighbors.
Detroit Edison is responsible for repairs to the meter itself. We are also responsible for the service drop, which is the line either above ground or underground running from the utility pole to your home. You are responsible for all other additional equipment at the meter location, including the service entrance cable. Contact a licensed electrician to complete any repairs that are your responsibility.
Detroit Edison is not legally responsible for damage caused by an act of nature. If you own your home or rent and have renter's insurance, please check with your insurance company to see if your losses are covered by your policy. For more information related to storm damage, and to Service and Reliability Standards, please see the Storm Damages page in the Storm Center.