Utility Crews Work To Restore Power
(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency in response to severe weather that impacted ten counties in northwest Iowa. Counties included in the proclamation are Plymouth, Sioux, O’Brien, Lyon, Osceola, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, and Palo Alto. Beginning April 9, damaging winds, heavy rains, thunderstorms and freezing rains caused damage to public and private property, power outages from downed power lines and poles, and a large amount of debris.
The Governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of these storms, including for removal of debris and wreckage on publicly or privately owned land that may threaten public health and safety, or public and private property.
The North West REC crews continue to make progress on their outage restoration efforts, but as of 7:30 p.m. last evening, there were approximately 200 members still without electric service. The majority of the outages are in the north half of Sioux and O’Brien counties where the ice loading was the heaviest. Northwest REC General Manager Lyle Korver says When the ice came off the lines yesterday at mid-morning, it resulted in the lines wrapping together and causing an extensive number of burn downs.
Northwest REC has moved all of the available linemen to the impacted areas and they are working hard in some challenging conditions to restore power as quickly as possible for our members.
Gaylene Eshuis is the Operations Coordinator with Northwest Rural Electric Cooperative.
Northwest Rural Electric Cooperative, based at Orange City, has pulled crews from other service areas to assist with the restoration of power.
Rural residents living near Sheldon, Sanborn, Boyden, Hospers, and Sioux Center have been without power since Tuesday.
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