Slope Electric continues assessing storm damage and fixing power outages
NEW ENGLAND -- Slope Electric Cooperative continues to have approximately 250 members without power after a weekend winter storm dumped as much as 3 feet of heavy, wet snow on portions of southwest North Dakota, breaking power poles and lines, and disrupting electric service throughout its four-county service area.
Slope Electric estimates the co-op will be replacing between 600 and 700 broken power poles, according to a press release. Customers without power are those served by the Cedar Butte, Haynes and Mott substations.
Crews began trying to restore power on Friday and have been working every day since from sunrise until after sundown with assistance from other cooperatives in the Touchstone Energy. Because of snow, rain and mud, many miles of line are being covered by snowmobile, ranger and airplane. The cooperative's website stated that travel is extremely difficult with drifts as high as 5 feet in places.
Slope Electric services Adams, Bowman, Hettinger and Slope counties.
Those who come across downed power lines and poles are asked to report them to Slope Electric by calling 701-579-4191 or 800-559-4191, or emailing email@example.com with location information and a photo if possible. Because the co-op is receiving a significant amount of calls, members may be asked to leave the information with Slope's dispatch center.