Power restored in Ferndale after school let out early

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Power was restored to about 1,500 Ferndale homes, businesses and schools Tuesday afternoon, according to the DTE Energy outage map.

The outage was caused by malfunctioning equipment at a DTE Energy substation, spokeswoman Lisa Bolla said.

The 1,200 or so students at Ferndale Middle and Ferndale High schools got an early start to their after-school plans Tuesday, as the power outage forced a premature close to the day, Ferndale schools Superintendent Blake Prewitt said.

Students were released at noon rather than the normal bell time, which was closer to 3 p.m., Prewitt said.

“The kitchen was unable to operate, so if we can’t feed kids, we can’t have school,” Prewitt said.


Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.