LCP news release:
July 21, 2016, 8:30 a.m.
Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power line crews are back at it again, tending to widespread outages caused by severe storms that blew through the region early this morning. Power has been restored to nearly 2,000 members today, with more than 25,000 outages remaining.
Crews have been dispatched and assigned to restore 354 outages in parts of eight counties that Lake Country Power serves. A significant portion of the co-op’s 8,200 mile service territory was affected. The co-op’s subsidiary, Lakes States Construction, has also been called in to help repair damage.
More information is available on the co-op’s outage viewer at http://mi.lcp.coop:82.
“It’s a tangled mess,” said Todd Johnson, Lake County Power’s Director of Operations. “We’ve seen several severe storm systems blow through the area this summer, but this one is by far the worst – and most widespread.“
The public is urged to stay clear of debris because 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.
Members may call the cooperative at 1-800-421-9959 for more information, or visit the Outage Center online at www.lakecountrypower.coop for a real-time outage status.