Full service restoration in sight
July 2, 2018 - 4:30 p.m.
Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power line crews, including crews from Lake States Construction and Highline Construction, have worked diligently to restore service for 7,500 co-op members that were affected by a couple severe summer storms since Friday morning.
As of 4:30 p.m., Monday, there are currently less than 25 members without power, primarily at Eagles Nest near Ely, and other locations south and west of Ely.
Lake Country Power anticipates full restoration today if most of the damages are tree related. If some of the remaining outages are related to more than tree damage, restoration would continue on Tuesday.
The severe storms 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.
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 is being performed to help determine the cause.