FARMINGTON, Minn. (2:15 p.m., Feb. 29, 2012) —

UPDATE: All power has been restored on our system. Thank you to everyone for their patience.

 

Previous release:

Outages reduced to approximately 200

FARMINGTON, Minn. (12 p.m., Feb. 29, 2012) — Dakota Electric Association crews have been working to restore power since the overnight storm consisting of freezing rain and wet snow caused outages for members of the electric cooperative.

Dakota Electric has made significant gains in restoration. Approximately 200 members are left without power after more than 4,200 were out of power earlier this morning. The restoration for these outages which are scattered around the service territory will continue until completed. Dakota Electric’s system operations estimates that all power should be restored sometime this evening, but this estimate is dependent upon weather and other factors.

The outages remaining can take more time to restore since many are singular residences that require tree clearing before power can be restored. Also, members are reminded that if the electric mast on the house is damaged, they must have an electrician repair that before power can be restored.

The public is reminded to stay away from downed power lines and always assume they are live. Members should call Dakota Electric’s outage line (651-463-6201) to report an outage or if they see downed power lines.

“Dakota Electric crews will continue to repair outages until all power is restored,” spokesperson Joe Miller said. “We thank our members for their patience during this severe weather event.”