Crews remain working to restore service
May 30, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.
Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power crews have been working steady since Tuesday night to restore power for members affected by a severe evening thunderstorm. The rural electric co-op reports 1,600 members remain without power this afternoon following more than 7,000 outages reported last night.
All available Lake Country Power line crews will continue working until 9:00 p.m. tonight, and then will be called in for mandatory rest. They will resume outage restoration work at 5:00 a.m., Thursday morning. Crews from Lake States Construction are also assisting with outage repairs.
Most remaining outages are in the northern part of the co-op’s service area – Lake Vermilion, Cook and Ely, among other locations. The largest outage remains on the Fernberg Trail near Ely. In many cases, trees fell on power lines from heavy winds with speeds up to 60 miles-per-hour. Broken lines require crews to splice and restring wires in order to restore power. In some of the more remote areas, equipment and materials need to be carried in, which can slow the restoration process.
Lake Country Power, www.lakecountrypower.coop, is a Touchstone Energy® cooperative serving parts of eight counties in northeastern Minnesota. The rural electric cooperative provides services to nearly 43,000 members and has offices located in Grand Rapids, Kettle River and Mountain Iron.
Tips for extended outages:
- Make sure one of the phones in your home is not a cordless phone as these require electricity to charge, but also have a mobile phone for backup and charge it in your vehicle, if necessary.
- Use a battery powered flashlight, not candles.
- Keep a battery operated radio handy to listen for outage information and updates
- Turn off electrical equipment you were using before the power went out
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Food should keep for up to 48 hours in a freezer, if the door remains closed. If the outage persists, cover your refrigerator or freezer with a blanket, make arrangements to store food at another location, or purchase dry ice.
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
- Essential supplies: flashlight, batteries, radio, extra supply of water, food.
- Turn off and unplug your computer if you were using it. Buy a surge protector to protect the machine when power comes back on.
- Keep extra water on hand in jugs or the bathroom tub for flushing the toilet as needed.