Lake Country Power Crews Responding to Extensive Damage Caused by Severe Storms

COHASSET, Minn. – Lake Country Power says that while line crews are continuing to respond to outages caused by Monday night’s severe storms, there are still a reported 90 total outages affecting roughly 1,356 members as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Affected areas are primarily in the Grand Rapids and Kettle River service areas.

“The cooperative is reporting trees on lines, downed power lines, and at least 15 broken poles. Full restoration is anticipated by Wednesday evening as some areas will take longer to restore from the significant amount of damage from straight-line winds,” said Public Relations Coordinator Tami Zaun in a Tuesday news release.

All line crews are working to restore service to members as quickly as possible with additional assistance from LCP tree crews who are helping chainsaw trees and remove brush.

The public is urged to stay clear of debris as power lines could be tangled in brush and limbs.

Any downed power lines should be considered “live” and left for lineworkers to handle with their specialized safety equipment.

LCP asks that people do not attempt to move downed lines or trees/brush near downed wires.

Members may call the cooperative at 1-800-421-9959 for more information, or visit the Outage Center online at www.lakecountrypower.coop or http://mi.lcp.coop:82 for a real-time outage status.

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