We Energies working to fix power surge problem in Milwaukee

CREATED Dec. 12, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - After a number of power surges on the city's far northwest side, WE Energies believes they've found the problem and corrected it. Still, WE Energies spokesman Barry McNulty tells TODAY'S TMJ4, they planned to have trouble shooters in that neighborhood Thursday night, just in case it happened again.

Ken Luty lives on Pingree Avenue. He said he had no idea what was going on Monday night when his power flashed a number of times.

"The power drops out , it's totally black for about 4, 5, 6 seconds, maybe 10. Power comes back. It's on for maybe 5 or 10 seconds. Power goes totally black again, comes back and then it's okay," said Luty.

But it happened again on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, always between 5:00 and 8:00pm each night. Luty called WE Energies and documented each phone call. He also started talking to his neighbors, who were having the exact same problem.

We asked Bob Krueger what his biggest concern is in this.

"That it wouldn't come back on and uh the house would get real cold and start freezing the pipes," said Krueger.

"I'm just mostly concerned about health issues, uh, ya know, being too cold, pipes bursting, who's going to reimburse you if your pipes burst?" questioned another neighbor Billie Harris.

WE Energies issued a statement, as follows:

“We’re sorry about the brief power outages in this neighborhood the past few nights. We’ve inspected and repaired the equipment, and do not expect further disruptions. However, our crews will be stationed in the area tonight to monitor the situation and respond quickly if needed," said Barry McNulty, WE Energies spokesman.

Luty just hopes it doesn't happen again.

"You're sitting in the evening hours with a flashlight waiting and hoping the power comes back," said Luty.