Winter weather causes power outages


A number of customers with Northeast Power are without power due to the wind and ice the area has experienced since Monday.

According to officials with Northeast Power, reports began coming in around 8 a.m. Monday of power outages. These were caused by high winds and ice causing the lines to "gallop." This resulted in a number of broken poles and cross arms.

Crews are currently out attempting to make repairs and re-feeding lines to restore power.

The situation in Pierce County is further being hampered due to the fact that a rural substation is down and affecting a number of power customers in that area.

There are multiple issues facing crews working to restore power as there are reports of at least 20 areas within the district with downed poles.

Mutual aid is being provided to Northeast Power by crews from other power districts as the attempt to restore power continues.

Power customers in Winside, Carroll, Sholes, rural Pierce, Osmond and some west of Wayne are among those facing the power outages.

No estimate is available as of 11 a.m. Tuesday (March 26) when power will be fully restored.