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Crews Continue Work to Restore Electricity

April 15, 2019 10:34 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Around the region, it's been a busy couple of days for utility crews, working to restore power after last week's storm.

And there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

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"Remarkable seeing those enormous poles snapping like toothpicks" Mower County Sheriff Steven Sandvik said.

For utilities it was a worst-case combination of ice and high winds. Last week, Sheriff Steve Sandvik was out in the middle of it.

"As I approached Highway 56 and County 3 I noticed that lines were hanging over the road” he explained. “Suddenly these very very large high transmission lines were bending like fishing poles and then boom boom boom and three to six, I don't remember how many immediately snapped and tipped down the line heading south.”

It was a scenario repeated across the region. But thanks to better weather and lots of help, the lights are coming back on.

"It certainly is getting better" Freeborn Mower Cooperative Services President and CEO Jim Krueger said.

The storm knocked out power to ten thousand customers of Freeborn Mower cooperative services. But by Monday morning ...

"We were down to about 400 accounts still out of power” Jim Krueger said. “Made a lot of progress over the weekend. We have about a hundred thirty or so additional linemen here to help our crew of 25 so we're over a hundred fifty guys out there working sunup to sundown to get the poles back up and power back on."

The storm damaged 500 poles on the Freeborn Mower system.

"I think for the most part full restoration should be late tomorrow night” Jim Krueger said. “But that said we will have a few that will need full attention. Maybe they're at the very end of a line that has a number of poles still down  serving one account and unfortunately those just take longer to get to."

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