Storm Aftermath – July 20th & Beyond
Friday night a large storm ripped through Ann Arbor leaving widespread power outages. A second storm came through on Saturday evening and caused more power outages. Saturday’s storm had more of an impact in Oakland County, but is splitting DTE’s resources on repairs. As of Sunday, July 21st there are still power outages around town.
Friday night’s outage map is below.
By Sunday morning, there were still outages particularly north of town and to the east. DTE’s latest update is planning for 80% recovery by the end of the day Monday and 90% recovery by the end of the day on Tuesday.
On Monday, there are still these outages and a few others. I know the area of Skyline High School has an outage that isn’t showing on the Sunday map. Swim championships on both Monday and Tuesday are being relocated to Milan High School. A decision has not been made about Wednesday or Thursday championships.
How to Stay Cool
With extreme heat, it is important to find ways to stay cool on Saturday. The good news is that many popular venues seem to have power including most of the locations hosting events Saturday.
Fortunately, for those remaining without power early in the week the temperatures are much more mild.
The Ann Arbor District Library is always a great option, just skip the Malletts Creek branch which is in the impacted area and still closed on Sunday, July 21. Malletts Creek Branch reopened on Monday, July 22.
Briarwood Mall has power. However, Art Fair shuttles leave from the mall so parking may be difficult over the weekend.
Local Museums are in the power on region including the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and UM Museums.
Movie Theaters are a great choice to cool off in the heat of the day. All local theaters seem to have power. Family friendly movie options include: Lion King which opened this weekend, Toy Story 4, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Avengers Endgame, Aladdin, and Men in Black International.
Art Fair should be minimally impacted by the power outages. However, it’s not the best way to keep cool.
All 3 Ann Arbor Parks pools were open on Saturday – including Buhr Park which is walking distance to many without power over the weekend.
For Washtenaw County’s Water Parks, Rolling Hills is open, but their wave pool was down due to storm damage on Sunday. The wave pool was scheduled to reopen Monday, and I don’t see any posts that it did not reopen.
Independence Lake suffered severe damage from the storm. As of Monday, the park is still without power. They have been able to open most of the park including the beach even without power. Blue Heron Bay Water Park will remain closed through Sunday, July 28. Their Disc Golf Course will be closed through Friday, July 26 due to downed trees, power lines, and other storm damage.
The Gallup & Argo Canoe liveries are open. Even if the livery is closed, you can tube the cascades with your own tubes.
Many Playgrounds offer shade and can be better than sitting in a hot house.
Preserving Your Food & House Temperature
A couple of tips, keep window shades and curtains closed as much as possible to keep the house cold. Minimize the entries into your fridge or freezer.
Dry ice is an option. I know we have bought it at Meijer for Halloween and I have heard that Washtenaw Dairy carries it. Do you know of anywhere else?
Another option is to find a friend with power who has extra space in their refrigerator or freezer.