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Published February 15, 2010, 09:22 AM

Work Continues to Repair ND Power Lines

North Dakota electric cooperatives continue to repair power lines damaged in last month's ice storm.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota electric cooperatives continue

to repair power lines damaged in last month's ice storm.

More than 5,000 customers statewide were estimated to have been

without service - some for days - as a result of the late January

storm that downed more than 1,800 power poles and miles of lines.

Tom Rafferty of the Verendrye Electric Cooperative in Minot says

800 customers lost service, but only five poles were lost. So, some

of his crews were sent to cooperatives near Mandan, Flasher, Hazen

and Dickinson.

Rafferty says many of those lineman worked 15 days straight,

often with 17-hour days in cold, windy conditions. And the work is

far from over. Maintenance is still needed once the ground thaws to

make sure everything is in working order.

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