Power restored to MiEnergy Cooperative customers following storm
RUSHFORD, Minn. (WKBT) — All power has been restored to MiEnergy Cooperative customers after a winter storm took down more than 100 power poles.
According to MiEnergy Cooperative, there were more than 5,000 electric service interruptions and 110 broken power poles. Four broken transmission poles led to seven substations without power.
Wind, along with Ice buildup on power lines, poles and other equipment, caused electric lines to topple. Crews worked for four days to restore power to its service area.
The company maintains 5,500 miles of power lines throughout its service area. That covers most of Fillmore, Houston and Winona counties in Minnesota. It also provides power to Winneshiek county in Iowa.
The company said in a press release that while power has been temporarily restored, it could take weeks to clean up and transfer temporary fixes into permanent ones. Broken power poles and line equipment will be cleaned up by crew members or contractors.
The co-op plans on working with county and state disaster recovery personnel to report dames to infrastructure in the hope that there could be a disaster declaration.
If a member’s power does go out, they are encouraged to call 800-432-2285 to report the outage. Crews will continue to be available through the remainder of the weekend.
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