Thousands lose power overnight, crews working to replace poles and power lines

Thousands of residents in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa woke up without power as a storm took down power poles and lines. Energy providers are working to restore power.

According to the Vernon Electric Cooperative, there were about 2,000 co-op members without power as of 7:15 a.m because of the storm. The business said that an Xcel Energy transmission line lost power because of high winds on ice buildup on the lines. The line fed a few Vernon Electic substations, the village of Cashton and the city of Westby.

There was no power to communities south of Sparta to areas just north and east of Viroqua.

Crews have been working to replace 10 broken power poles in Cashton and near Westby. The business shared photos on Facebook that show downed lines throughout the area.

A representative for Vernon Electric Cooperative said about 200 people are still without power but crews will continue to fix the issues.

MiEnergy Cooperative said three Minnesota and two Iowa substations were without power due to the weather conditions Thursday morning. The company said that Dairyland Power would be able to temporarily restore power to members served by the substations while crews replaced three broken transmission poles.

Residents in the city of Rushford would remain without power until the poles are replaced.

The company said on Facebook that there were reports of broken poles in areas north of Lewiston, Cherry Grove and Blackhammer. Workers are restoring power and assessing what needs to be replaced.

By 9:30 a.m., the substations were up and running again. People in Lewiston, Utica, Stockton and rural areas of Witoka and Wilson should have power again. If the power has not been restored, contact the co-op at 800-432-2285.

Community members urged to use caution and assume that if there is a down power pole or wires that they are live. Please report any issues to local authorities or your energy company right away.

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