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Downed line knocks out power to 10K in Kent County

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A map from Consumers Energy showing a power outage in Plainfield, Grand Rapids and Cannon townships. (Oct. 10, 2016)

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Consumers Energy says a downed high-voltage line is to blame for the power outage that’s left thousands of Kent County homes and businesses without power.

As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, 10,595 Consumers Energy customers in Plainfield, Grand Rapids and Cannon townships were without power, according to the company’s outage map.

Mercy Health said on Twitter it was closing its Rockford campus because of the outage.

The outage area also included the East Beltline, where traffic was backed up for miles Monday afternoon.

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The utility company has traced the outage to a downed line at its substation near Fulton and Spaulding. It’s unclear what caused the 46,000 volt line to go down.

A Consumers Energy spokesperson said the company is adjusting the load from that substation and working to repair the line. They expect to have power fully restored to customers by 6 p.m. Monday.

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