Consumer’s Energy will be providing meals to Gaylord residents from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday after a tornado swept through the area Friday afternoon.
Free barbeque meals and drinks will be distributed at the University Center, which can be found at 80 Livingston Boulevard.
According to Consumer’s Energy, the event intends to provide assistance as power is continued to be restored and the community is continued to be rebuilt.
“Our hearts go out to our friends and neighbors today,” said Guy Packard, vice president of electric operations at Consumer’s Energy. “…we are committed to providing any relief and comfort that we can as the Gaylord community starts the vital work to recover from this disaster.”
As of 10 a.m. Saturday, about 9,000 Consumer’s Energy customers are without power across Michigan. However, most of the outages are in Otsego County (6,100 customers), Antrim County (600 customers) and Crawford County (300 customers).
According to Consumer’s Energy, power should be restored to a majority of customers by the end of the day, but severe damage could result in longer repairs for some and could continue into Sunday or into next week.