Electric restoration expected today
May 31, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.
Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power crews have been working hard to restore power for more than 6,800 members since Tuesday evening’s severe thunderstorm knocked out electric service. The rural electric co-op reports more than 600 members remain without power this morning.
Crews from Lake Country Power and Lake States Construction resumed outage restoration work at 5:00 a.m., this morning. The single largest outage remaining is located at the end of the Fernberg Trail near Moose Lake, east of Ely. Crews are working on more than 25 individual outage points at Lake Vermilion, north of Babbitt, Cook, and other scattered locations.
Lake Country Power anticipates all remaining outages will be restored throughout the day today for members impacted by the storm in remote and rural areas.
Lake Country Power, www.lakecountrypower.coop, is a Touchstone Energy® cooperative serving parts of eight counties in northeastern Minnesota. The rural electric cooperative provides services to nearly 43,000 members and has offices located in Grand Rapids, Kettle River and Mountain Iron.
Tips for extended outages:
- Make sure one of the phones in your home is not a cordless phone as these require electricity to charge, but also have a mobile phone for backup and charge it in your vehicle, if necessary.
- Use a battery powered flashlight, not candles.
- Keep a battery operated radio handy to listen for outage information and updates
- Turn off electrical equipment you were using before the power went out
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Food should keep for up to 48 hours in a freezer, if the door remains closed. If the outage persists, cover your refrigerator or freezer with a blanket, make arrangements to store food at another location, or purchase dry ice.
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
- Essential supplies: flashlight, batteries, radio, extra supply of water, food.
- Turn off and unplug your computer if you were using it. Buy a surge protector to protect the machine when power comes back on.
Keep extra water on hand in jugs or the bathroom tub for flushing the toilet as needed.