Restoration completion expected Monday
July 1, 2018 – 9:00 p.m.
Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power line crews made progress Sunday as they worked to restore service for co-op members affected by a couple severe summer storms since Friday morning. There are currently 525 members without power.
Since Friday morning, crews have restored service for nearly 7,000 members.
Line crews remain working throughout the northern locations of the co-op’s service area to restore service. The Eagles Nest area near Ely took a large amount of damages from the storm. Other hard hit remote areas include Babbitt, Ely, Lake Vermilion, Orr and additional areas south of Eveleth.
Crews will work until 9:00 p.m. tonight, and then will be called in for mandatory rest and safety. They’ll resume work early Monday morning. Lake Country Power anticipates any remaining outages after 9:00 p.m. Sunday night will be restored on Monday, which includes the remotest areas and individual outages.
All available Lake Country Power crews, including those from the Grand Rapids and Kettle River Service Centers, worked Sunday to restore power, including assistance from Lake States Construction and Highline Construction.
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.