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Published March 17, 2011, 05:43 PM

Dozens of Lake Region Residents Could Lose Power During Flooding

Officials with Northern Plains Electric Cooperative of Carrington and Cando say they're not giving up on their customers, but this year could be a struggle.

A Lake Region power cooperative is talking with some of its customers about the possibility of losing power because of the rising Devils Lake.

Officials with Northern Plains Electric Cooperative of Carrington and Cando say they're not giving up on their customers, but this year could be a struggle.

Gary Allen is the engineering manager with Northern Plains, and he says many people who are expected to lose power this year have already moved off their farms.

Others are trying to stick it out but because roads may go under water, Allen says that if a line were to do go down, he's not sure it would be fixable.

"We have identified about 47 sites and an equal amount in miles of line that become in jeopardy as a result of rising water," explains Allen.

Allen says Northern Plains Electric Cooperative has been having this problem since the waters of Devils Lake has started rising, but it's getting harder to deal with every year.

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