- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A review finds the Lansing area needs a coordinated emergency plan to help prevent problems that left some Lansing Board of Water & Light customers without power for more than a week following a December ice storm.

The need was outlined in a Community Review Team report released Monday. The Lansing State Journal and MLive.com say the team found power could have been restored two to three days sooner if the municipal utility had followed its own policies for preparation and response.

The team says there was spotty contact between local leaders and the utility at times. The utility says it plans to review the report.

The power company has faced widespread criticism of how it handled outages that affected about 40,000 of its customers after the Dec. 21-22 storm.

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