Crews responding to remaining outages
July 2, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power continues to make progress Monday as line crews continue working to restore service for co-op members affected by a couple severe summer storms since Friday morning. There are currently less than 500 members without power.
The severe storm broke at least 25 poles, toppled trees onto power lines, and snapped miles of power lines that needed repair and replacement. Access was challenging in some of the hardest hit areas, which included Eagles Nest near Ely, Babbitt, Ely, Lake Vermilion, Orr, and other locations south of Eveleth.
All available line crews from Lake Country Power, including crews from Lake States Construction and Highline Construction, will continue to work throughout Monday to restore power, with full restoration estimated by late Monday afternoon.
Since Friday morning, crews have restored service for more than 7,000 members.
Crews continue working as they mourn an LCP lineworker who collapsed and died Friday evening while restoring electrical service. The cause of death is not clear and an investigation is underway. An autopsy will be performed to help determine the cause.