Schools and state offices closed for Thurs. Jan. 31, 2019, and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer monitored the situation across the state from the command post here at Michigan State Police headquarters.
“I feel very good and proud about the work we have done,” said Governor Whitmer.
Some of that work includes clearing the roads despite the bitter cold temperatures.
“For the past 24-48 hours, we’ve had 1,200 trucks on the road around the clock,” said Paul Ajegba, the director of the Michigan Department of Transportation. “Three-hundred of them MDOT and 900 of them with local counties and cities out there.”
“We could not have gotten through this last 36 hours without their hard work,” said Whitmer. “We will continue to go forward and make sure they know that hard work is not unnoticed.”
Governor Whitmer orders state-wide check of natural gas supply. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)
The Department of Health and Human Services said they have responded to over 50 calls in 26 counties throughout the state, mostly to help with propane issues.
“I know Michiganders are tough that weather doesn’t phase us but this is an usual time,” said Whitmer.
The governor also requesting a statewide check of the natural gas and propane supply in light of these historic temperatures and the fire at the Consumers Energy compressor station.
“It’s important to get a handle on what happened here and make sure that we are in a stronger position next time,” said Whitmer.
While grateful for the work that has been done, the Governor said Michigan is not out of the woods yet. Once the cold spell ends, there will be new issues to worry about like ice jamming and flooding.