Wild Rice Electric estimates about 3,500 consumers were affected in last night’s storms. Crews have been out since about 12:30 last night responding to outages coming in from all over the service area. All available crews have been working since early this morning with mutual aid assisting from Red Lake Electric in Red Lake Falls. Wild Rice has restored power to about half of those consumers whom were affected and making excellent progress.
Crews are still working to restore power in the areas near and around Elbow Lake, Toad Lake, Snyder Lake, Height of Land, Fosston, Lengby, Hawley and Lake Park. Barring no unforeseen circumstances, crews hope to have main feed lines energized by nightfall. There will still be individual outages crews will be working on.
Many of the outages resulted from fallen trees and branches in the lines as well as many snapped overhead poles. Some pictures have been coming in through email. If you have pictures to share, they can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wild Rice Electric cautions consumers to stay away from downed lines as they may still be energized. Wild Rice appreciates your patience while we work hard to restore power to our all of our consumers. Wild Rice also would like to acknowledge those of you calling in and showing your appreciating to our linemen and staff for their hard work. Your comments are very appreciated.