KIMT-TV 3 – Over 7,000 people remain without power in southern Minnesota as of 4 pm Thursday.
MiEnergy Cooperative says electricity is still out to about 900 of its members and Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services reports approximately 6,700 power outages remain, along with 400 poles still on the ground throughout its service area.
MiEnergy says electricity was cut to a total of 5,000 co-op members after this late winter storm damaged transmission lines. Ice buildup on the power lines combined to wind winds to brake 100 power poles.
MiEnergy repair crews started work at 7 pm Wednesday and will continue until 8 pm Thursday. Crews will then resume work at 5 am Friday and expected to restore all electric service, with a few isolated exceptions. The co-op says cleaning up and permanently fixing the storm damage will take weeks.
Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services says it does not expect full restoration of power until Monday evening for some parts of its service area. It says additional crews and equipment have been called in to help with the process.
MiEnergy supplies power to Minnesota residents in Winona, Houston and Fillmore and parts of Olmsted and Mower counties. Freeborn Mower Cooperative Services provides energy to roughly 18,000 co-op members.
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