WTMJ-TV: Milwaukee Faces Cold Snap Darkness: Record Streetlight Outages, Sparking Safety Concerns

Streetlight outages in Milwaukee have reached a record high after a recent cold snap, leaving neighborhoods in darkness for up to 14 hours daily. The Department of Public Works (DPW) cites an unprecedented 121 active outages, with 39 complaints this year. Residents express safety concerns, citing increased risks of accidents and crime. DPW attributes the surge to temperature fluctuations affecting aging systems. Despite repair efforts, outages persist, prompting worries about the community’s well-being. Residents are urged to report outages to the DPW.

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