Melting Snow Knocks Out Previously Restored Power Lines

By KBJR News 1

April 17, 2012 Updated Apr 17, 2012 at 5:14 PM CST

(Northland's NewsCenter)--Nearly 3,000 people are still without power, across the northeastern region, after Sunday's storm.

Lake Country Power has 25 crews working to restore power and repair damaged poles in the Grand Rapids and Mountain Iron Service areas.

Heavy wet snow is weighing down trees causing branches to snap off and damage power lines.

As the snow melts Tuesday, crews have been able to restore areas that were hard to reach on Monday.

But the melting snow is also knocking out previously restored lines.

"As the sun melts, the trees are starting to spring back a little bit but then we are getting big pieces of snow and ice falling off, hitting the lines, slapping them together and knocking the fusing out on our lines," Mark Pascuzzi, of Lake Country Power said.

At the height of the storm, 14,000 Lake Country Power members were without electricity.

North Itasca Electric Co-op is also reporting 14,000 power outages in Northern Itasca County and parts of Koochiching and Beltrami counties.

Company spokespeople say they're bringing up contractors Wednesday to get power lines back up and restore power.

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