5:43 P.M. Sunday: Area power outage updates
FEDERATED RURAL ELECTRIC, 2:16 P.M. SUNDAY
Good news! Federated Rural Electric is down to just 20 outages. Crews are still workingand will get those restored today.
If you are a Federated member still without power and do not see crews working nearby, please call Federated’s office. The cooperative wants to make sure it has not overlooked anyone with its outage management system.
“While the outage restoration is nearly over, the work is just moving to a different level,” stated Scott Reimer, Federated’s general manager. “We still have a lot of storm clean up to do and will do a line patrol to re-inspect our lines. We temporarily stubbed poles broken at the base into a new hole; we have many leaning poles that will need to be straightened and reinforced with rock, especially with spring planting around the corner. Restoring our system back to the level it was will probably take us over a year. We will likely hire
contractors to rebuild some sections of line.
“I especially want to thank our Federated members for their patience,” Reimer added. “Next, thank you employees for your long days and hard work. We appreciate the 56 linemen who traveled up to four hours and worked diligently for us. Line crews commented ‘how nice Federated members were’ in offering them food in the field. In addition, we are amazed by the generosity of businesses and organizations who offered or donated food, by the restaurants who provided meals for the crews on short notice and yes, our farmers, who helped
pull line trucks out of the wet, muddy fields and ditches. What a team effort!”
Outages started April 10 due to the ice, wind and then snow. At the peak of the outages, 2,700 members or 40 percent were without power.
SIOUX VALLEY ENERGY, 11:41 A.M. SUNDAY
Sioux Valley Energy currently has 2,000 members without power. That is down from a high of nearly 10,000 on Thursday. We have quadrupled our crews to 122 people working in the field today. There is also a significant amount of equipment in use on the system including 45 bucket trucks, 20 digger trucks, 3 track diggers and 4 skid loaders and pole setters.
NOBLES COOPERATIVE ELECTRIC, 8 A.M. SUNDAY:
Significant progress was made yesterday. At today’s start we have 2,798 members without power from a high of 4,500 on Wednesday. Yesterday, 1,302 members had their services energized. We are likely to see that number drop dramatically as the Fulda City and Fulda Legacy Substations are energized later today. Great strides are also being made in the Lismore and Chandler area. Approximately 400 poles and a large number of transformer poles were damaged from the storm.
We have had crews from the following cooperatives and contractors helping us: Highline, Carr’s Tree Service, Runestone Electric Association, Redwood Electric Cooperative, Meeker Cooperative Light and Power Association, Agralite Electric Cooperative, Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative, Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative, Woodbury County Rural Electric Cooperative, McLeod Cooperative Power Association and Brown County Rural Electrical Association.
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