Crews continue to restore power across REA’s systemPower has been restored to most of the 3,000 Runestone Electric Association members who lost power following the wind storm that plowed through Douglas, Grant, Stevens, and Pope County Monday.
By: Staff Report, Alexandria Echo Press
Power has been restored to most of the 3,000 Runestone Electric Association members who lost power following the wind storm that plowed through Douglas, Grant, Stevens, and Pope County Monday.
Work will continue to get everyone back on, but if you are still without power, you should notify Runestone Electric, 1-800-473-1722.
“We would like to thank our members for their patience, and we truly empathize with the inconvenience of being without power,” said Runestone Electric Association CEO Rick Banke. I can’t say enough about our dedicated and hard working employees who worked tirelessly throughout this entire restoration effort. It was truly amazing!”
REA leaders also thanked all the crews from area electric cooperatives and private contractors who helped with the restoration efforts.
“We couldn’t have restored power to our members as quickly as we did without our cooperative friends and neighboring utilities,” said Banke.
They include Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative, Stearns Electric Association and Lake Region Electric Cooperative.
As clean-up around the area continues, Runestone Electric reminds everyone to be extremely careful and on the lookout for damaged poles, wires or other electrical equipment.
Be extremely careful around tree branches that are on or near power lines. They can be energized and deadly. Always assume power lines and anything touching a power line is energized. Be sure to stay away and call Runestone Electric Association immediately for assistance.