Work Continues to Repair ND Power LinesNorth 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
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.