Power restoration efforts continue; Central Winneshiek County hit hard
Cresco, IA | Rushford, MN (3:15 p.m. July 20, 2017) — MiEnergy Cooperative lineworkers have been working to restore power since about 6 p.m. yesterday when storms rolled through southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa. As of 3 p.m. the co-op is reporting 2,300 outages, down from a peak of 3,300. All except about 25 are in Iowa.
Earlier today six two-person crews arrived at the Cresco office to begin assisting with power restoration efforts. Two are from Linn County REC, two from Prairie Energy Cooperative, one from Grundy County REC and one from Franklin REC.
MiEnergy plans to have the western portion of Iowa and all of Minnesota restored later yet today. Central Winneshiek County was hardest hit. Realistically, it could be up to another 24 hours before power is restored to the area.
“The damage has been tremendous in some areas and there is a lot of power line on the ground due to trees,” states Brian Krambeer, MiEnergy’s president and CEO.
Krambeer says 12 crews have been dedicated to restoring power to central Winneshiek County.
“The crews are doing a remarkable job to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We thank our members for their understanding,” Krambeer said.