More than 5,000 REA customers are without power because of storm; REA reports progress is being made
Crews are working through the weekend.
DOUGLAS COUNTY — More than 6,000 Runestone Electric Association service accounts remain without power Friday morning following damage from straight-line winds and other severe weather across the service territory on Thursday night, May 12.
At 10 p.m. Thursday night, REA reported that more than 7,000 REA service accounts were without power. The most outages were reported in the townships of Ida, Carlos, Alexandria and Miltona. Each of those townships had between 500 and 1,500 outages.
Restoral times have been impacted by the high number of broken poles, down lines, and significant transmission damage, according to REA.
Four REA substations remain off due to transmission outages. Restoral times will be impacted due to the coordination required with REA’s power supplier. REA is working with a local contractor, Highline Construction, to help restore power.
“We anticipate crews working through the weekend to restore power and clean up storm damage,” the REA said in a news release issued shortly before 9 a.m. Friday.
REA urges people to stay away from any powerlines that may be down and never assume the lines are de-energized.
Those experiencing a power outage are asked to call REA at 1-800-473-1722.
A real-time outage map can be found www.runestoneelectric.com .