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UPDATE: Xcel Energy finishing work on final outages

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10:00 p.m. UPDATE (News Release) -- Power has been restored to all of the over 1,500 Eau Claire Energy Cooperative members who lost power due to the brutal snow storm.

Thank you for the dedicated work of the Eau Claire Energy Cooperative employees and additional crews from Taylor Electric and Clark Electric Cooperatives for working all through last night and today to restore power.  Crews dealt with chest-high snow in ditches making it extremely difficult to reach power lines and poles in some areas.

We thank our co-op members for their patience during the power restoration process throughout the night and today.

UPDATE FROM XCEL ENERGY (News Release) -- Our crews are finishing up work on the final outages due to the storm.  All customers who were out will be back in service yet tonight.

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*** Of the 1,700 customers, 1,300 are located in the Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, and Menomonie areas. ***

3:30 p.m. UPDATE (News Release) – Xcel Energy crews have restored more than 90 percent of customers in Wisconsin and Minnesota who lost power due to a severe winter storm. Approximately 60,000 customers have been affected since the storm moved into the Upper Midwest Thursday afternoon.

 
At this hour, crews are working to restore service to an estimated 1,700 customers in western-central and northern Wisconsin and 1,900 customers in Minnesota.
 
Xcel Energy crews have restored power to the vast majority of customers affected by the storm, but may not be able to restore power to all customers today. Some customers may remain without power until Saturday morning. Difficult weather conditions and poor roads continue to hamper efforts in some areas.
 
Xcel Energy officials want to assure customers that all available resources are dedicated to the restoration effort and they are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore service. A workforce of about 800 is in the field dedicated to the restoration effort, including assistance from regional utility contractors and other utilities.
 
Xcel Energy cautions customers to stay away from downed power lines and report their location at 1-800-895-1999. All downed power lines, even if they're not moving or sparking, are dangerous and should never be approached.
 
To report an outage customers are asked to call Xcel Energy's outage line 1-800-895-1999.
 

 

6:30 a.m. UPDATE (News Release) - Xcel Energy crews continue to restore power to customers in Minnesota and Wisconsin hard hit by the severe winter storm. At this hour, crews are working to restore service to an estimated 13,800 customers in Minnesota and 7,200 customers in Wisconsin, including west-central and northern areas.

Freezing rain, sleet and heavy wet heavy snow, combined with high winds, snapped trees branches and downed power lines as the storm moved through the region. Crews have been working through the night to restore service as quickly and safely as possible, but adverse weather conditions have continued, resulting in new outages.

Xcel Energy officials are assessing damage to the system at this time and are securing restoration assistance from regional utility contractors and other utilities. They want to want to assure customers that all available resources are dedicated to the restoration effort.

Xcel Energy cautions customers to stay away from downed power lines and report their location at 1-800-895-4999. All downed power lines, even if they're not moving or sparking, are dangerous and should never be approached.

To report an outage customers are asked to call Xcel Energy's outage line 1-800-895-4999.

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5 a.m. UPDATE (News Release) - At this hour, Xcel Energy crews continue work to restore service as quickly and safely as possible to an estimated 4,000 customers in west-central Wisconsin and an additional 3,500 in northern Wisconsin without power as a result of the heavy, wet snow and now strong winds.

We have brought in crews from throughout Xcel Energy's service area to assist in restoration efforts. We are currently in assessment mode and no restoration times are available.

Xcel Energy cautions customers to stay away from downed power lines and report their location at 1-800-895-1999. All downed power lines, even if they're not moving or sparking, are dangerous and should never be approached.

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Xcel Energy is working hard to restore power for nearly 6,000 customers. 

2,270 live in the Chippewa Falls-Tilden area. Xcel says those customers should have power restored by now or shortly. 2,000-3,000 more are in the dark in Eau Claire. Xcel says it hopes to have service restored in the next few hours. About 40 linemen are out right now working.

Xcel says heavy, wet snow is to blame, breaking off tree limbs which are then falling on power lines.

If your power goes out, please call the Xcel customer contact center at 1-800-895-1999.

Eau Claire Energy Co-operative is also reporting outages, but did not have specific numbers.

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