UPDATE: Number of People Still Without Power Decreasing - Northern Michigan's News Leader

UPDATE: Number of People Still Without Power Decreasing

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UPDATE: Power is finally turning back on for hundreds of people in parts of Northern Michigan, who have been without electricity since last week's Winter Storm.

Power companies worked through the Christmas Holiday and even brought in extra crews to get everyone connected, but down trees have made accessing and repairing lines extremely difficult.

In their latest press release, Presque Isle Electric and Gas said that all but 140 customers had their electricity back, as of this afternoon.

Approximately 21,612 services have been restored thus far, but crews are down to individual outages that involve lengthy repairs, including tree removals, line repairs, and replacement of broken poles.

Most of those who are still without power are located in Montmerency County, around Lewiston and Atlanta.

The company says many will be back on tonight, but for a few individual, isolated services, restoration will likely take until Friday.

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op reminds everyone to stay away from downed power lines and says members who lose power should contact them immediately at 1-800-423-6634.

The company provides electric and natural gas service to approximately 40,000 member-owners in a nine county area, in Northeast Michigan, headquartered in Onaway.

One local restaurant showed its appreciation for all their hard work by opening on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so utility workers would have a place to eat.

The owner of the Iron Kettle Restaurant in Lewiston says, it was the least they could do to show workers how much they cared.

9 and 10's Kyle Mitchell and photojournalist Jacob Johnson have more on how people have been getting by without power for more than five days.