That’s what you’ll find throughout much of Morenci tomorrow when Consumers Energy shuts off the lights to take care of a major maintenance project.
Many downtown businesses will be closed during the power outage Thursday, however, a survey of a few business owners shows that some will remain open.
At Borchardt Brothers Market, the generator will be fired up to keep the freezers cold, so the doors will remain open.
“As long as I’ve got to have power, I might as well be open,” Bill Borchardt said. “I hope it will be a service to the town.”
Post cards sent to Consumers Energy customers last week stated the planned blackout is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Consumers spokesperson Terry DeDoes doesn’t expect much deviation from that plan.
Eight hours are scheduled, he said, and the company is generally quite accurate in its predictions.
The work Thursday is designed to prevent a problem in the future, DeDoes explained.
There’s one main electrical feed into Morenci, entering town on the north side after working its way down from the Hudson area. Two poles supporting the lines are becoming increasingly close to the edge of Bean Creek due to bank erosion. One is located north of the city sewage lagoons and the other is located farther north. Continuing erosion of the creek bank will endanger the stability of both poles.
What to do?
A planned power outage? How convenient is that? No rooting around for candles and matches or flashlights and batteries, no wishing you had made dinner earlier.
When the lights and everything else electrical go out in Morenci and environs tomorrow, residents can plan where they’re going to be. And, anticipating a free day, some already have.
Where will you be when the lights go out? What are you going to do when there’s no power on Thursday?
Head to somewhere where there’s lots of power.
I’m going to the county library. I just got to figure out where it is.