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I’m posting this from my phone, so it’s probably not going to be my best work. After a torrential downpour last night, a text from Consumers Power earlier today said the power would be out until 2:15 p.m. today. However, I just got a new text saying it might be out until Friday at 10:30 p.m. Oh boy!

So we drove to the Bowers Harbor boat launch to fill up some buckets full of water – and, amazingly, some of it was still in the buckets by the time we got home.

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Took a spin around the OMP earlier, and saw quite a few trees and branches down, mainly on Peninsula Drive and Swaney Road.

Below are a few photos from today’s adventures so far. The first two are Swaney Road, including one of a lake in the woods on the south side of Swaney. You don’t see that too often. I think the road people should just stash some traffic cones and yellow police tape in the woods there for easy access.

The rest are trees down on Peninsula Drive. If I’d thought of it, I would have taken a pic of Lake Boursaw in our driveway last night. Fortunately, we have a good system for running hoses from the lake to the woods (we have an underground drain, too).

We’d rather not do it at midnight in a pouring rain, shouting at each other across the yard in the dark, but you work with what you’ve got. Oliver and Co. is coming this weekend to work their magic.

In food news, Will is currently grilling brats, burgers and wings, thus clearing the meat out of the freezer. That should hold us for a while.

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  1. Maybe Township officials need to bring in Consumers Power to discuss solutions to mitigate constant outages on OMP. Buried facilities, redundant routes and upgraded electronics would help. It seems that whenever there is a winter or summer storm the outages take forever to rectify.


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