Thousands still without power Friday afternoon after powerful storm

Power companies say full repairs could take weeks to complete.

Posted: Apr. 12, 2019 6:23 AM
Updated: Apr. 12, 2019 4:36 PM

KIMT-TV 3 - MiEnergy Cooperative says 500 of its members in Minnesota are still without power as of 4 pm Friday.

The co-op says a total of 5,000 members lost electric service in the combination of rain, sleet, ice, snow, and wind that hit Wednesday night into Thursday morning. About 100 MiEnergy power poles were broken or damaged.

MiEnergy says crews will continue to work until 8 pm Friday but will likely not restore power to all members. Work will then resume at 5 am Saturday.

The co-op says it will take weeks to permanently fix and cleanup the damage caused by the storm.

Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services is reporting just over 3,500 of its customers are still without power as of 3:30 pm Friday.

With about 500 power poles either broken or knocked down throughout its service area, the co-op is described power restoration efforts as “challenging.”

Freeborn-Mower reports 124 crew members from other co-ops and contractors have arrived to help bring electricity back to its members.

The following shelters have also been opened for people without power:

- Clarks Grove Fire Hall – 101 Independence Ave. N – Clarks Grove

- Alden Community Center – 502 W. Street – Alden

- Albert Lea Armory – 410 Prospect Ave. – Albert Lea

In north Iowa, Alliant Energy is reporting more than 1,700 customers still without power. Many of those outages began early Thursday morning. Heartland Power Cooperative is reporting more than 1,500 customers without power in north Iowa. 

People’s Energy Coop in southeastern Minnesota is reporting around 3,100 outages as of Friday afternoon. That makes up around 13 percent of its customers.

MORE STORM COVERAGE

24 hours later, thousands still without power - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/After-24-hours-thousands-in-north-Iowa-southern-Minnesota-still-without-power-508481891.html

500 poles on ground in Freeborn, Mower Counties - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/500-poles-either-broken-or-on-the-ground-in-Freeborn-Mower-counties-508489971.html

Warming center open in many north Iowa counties - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Warming-centers-opened-in-north-Iowa-due-to-power-outages-508489051.html

Power could be out until Monday in some parts of southern Minnesota - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Thousands-without-power-in-Freeborn-Mower-Counties-as-storm-whips-through-area-508429621.html

Photos and videos from the April storm - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Damage-done-Viewer-submitted-photos-from-Thursdays-storm-508439331.html

Outages affected more than 9,000 in north Iowa - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Many-north-Iowa-counties-dealing-with-power-outages-Thursday-morning-508425341.html

Some north Iowa schools had to get creative due to power outage - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Students-stay-in-school-during-power-outage-508466751.html

Roof ripped off Britt building sounded like ‘trucks colliding’ - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Roof-ripped-off-Britt-building-during--508438621.html

Canopy collapse closes Winnebago Co. gas station - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Canopy-collapse--508441071.html

Mower County under a state of emergency - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/Mower-County-under-a-State-of-Emergency-508464651.html

Dodge County declares a state of emergency - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/State-of-Emergency-declared-in-Dodge-County-508458261.html

Rest stops on I-90 near Rochester closed due to outage - https://www.kimt.com/content/news/I-90-rest-areas-closed-near-Rochester-508441001.html

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