(1:45 p.m., May 2, 2013) — Dakota Electric Association crews have been working hard today restoring outages that have occurred due to the wet heavy snowstorm that moved through the area late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Approximately 1,000 were out of power early this morning, but crews have been able to get that number down to about 550 as of 12:45 p.m. Crews will continue to work until all are restored. Most should be restored today, but some may linger into the night. The scattered nature of the outages makes repairs slow, but all crews are working on restoration.
Most outages are due to the wet heavy snow causing trees and branches to make contact with power lines or break and fall into power lines. The outages are mainly located in the eastern and southeastern part of the cooperative’s service territory. Locations affected are the areas near Hastings, Miesville, Red Wing, Welch, Castle Rock and surrounding areas.
Homeowners are reminded that if the electric mast on their house is damaged, they need to have that repaired by an electrician before power can be restored. Dakota Electric reminds the public to stay away from downed power lines, and call the outage line to report safety hazards or power outages: 651-463-6201. If you have already called in to report your outage, you do not need to call in again at this time.
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