People in Brookfield left in the dark, cold after accident

CREATED Dec. 12, 2013

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BROOKFIELD - With the temperature hovering around 10 degrees, WE Energies crews worked hard and fast Thursday, after a semi took down some wires and damaged three poles in front of St. Dominic's Church on Capitol Drive.

The accident also knocked out power to more than 800 customers on one of the coldest days of the year. Residents in a subdivision just south of the accident scene got caught in the mess. Their power went out just after 11:00am.

Krista Dyreson immediately became concerned for her neighbors.

"This is more like a senior living community. So, they're pretty with it, but you know, for older folks or anybody that's a little more frail, when the power's out, it can be really tough. So, it's really important to get it back on in cold weather," said Dyreson.

Isabel Flannery was home when the lights went out and thinking...

"Oh, we don't need it to go out on a cold day such as today," said Flannery.

Neighbors used their cell phones to check on each other and to call WE Energies.

"And true to their word, we had it back very quickly and we're very thankful in this cold weather that we got the power back on so quickly," said Flannery.

"When I left, I mean, the heat was one and probably at about 65 degrees in the house and then when I got home, it was at the same," said Dyreson.

In all, it took a little more than two hours to restore power to residents on St. Andrews Court.

"I'm just hoping that no one else's power goes out on a cold day like today and it should go out that it gets restores as quickly as ours was," said Flannery.

The accident also caused outages to two traffic lights, the one at Imperial and Capitol was still out hours after the accident, but traffic on busy Capitol Drive was still flowing.