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As ice storm clean-up continues, Coldwater BPU lineman recovers in hospital

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Electrical line crews around Michigan will be mopping up the last outages today with a few stretching into Saturday, 6 days after the big ice-storm hit. Steve Monroe of Coldwater won’t be among those linemen. The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities worker is recovering after being injured Christmas Eve on the job in the Lansing area, helping with the huge restoration effort. Monroe suffered a 20-foot drop from a ladder which was hit by a fallen tree limb. Monroe was admitted to Sparrow Hospital and at last word Thursday afternoon was in fair condition.

Consumers Energy says they are shifting around some of their work crews to the more heavily impacted counties, like Barry and in the Lansing and Flint areas where thousands remain in the dark. With warmer temperatures forecast for today and tomorrow, they are hoping that ice on branches will melt, reducing the danger of new outages, but there is some speculation that it might actually trigger more problems.