Nearly 4,000 Still Without Power, Could Be Days Until Restored

By KBJR News 1

July 5, 2012 Updated Jul 5, 2012 at 10:24 PM CDT

Deer River, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Nearly 4,000 Lake Country Power members are still without power Thursday after several severe storms hit the company's service area earlier this week.

Some of the hardest hit areas are near Grand Rapids and Deer River, where company officials say about 4,500 of the outages are located. According to Lake Country Power, an additional 1,500 members are without power near the Mt. Iron area.

Lake Country officials say that it could be days until power is fully restored. They say some areas may not have power until Sunday.

Some residents have been without power since Monday night, when the first wave of storms hit the area.

"We've been without power since Monday," said Deer River resident, Carol Skaja, "We have the generator plugged in, so we have the freezer plugged in and the refrigerator plugged in and that's the main thing."

Lake Country Power officials say that 38 crews are working around the clock to restore power.

"I've been working since 6:30 yesterday morning," said Lake Country Power worker Dave Tix.

According to Lake Country Power, one of the biggest set backs is the debris separating them from the power lines. It all needs to be cleared out of the way before they can begin work and that has taken a considerable amount of time.

The company has recieved help from Lake States Construction and Lake State Tree Service with removing the debris from the power lines and the right of ways leading up to them.

Some power lines along a stretch of Highway 46, north of Deer River, were completely flattened by the storms.

"You look down here, there's not a pole as far as you can see down that right of way," said Lake Country Power worker, Mike Crook, "There's probably 30 poles in a straight line here that aren't here right now. So it takes awhile to [fix everything]."

Lake Country Power officials say crews will be working throughout the weekend to restore power.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.