MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- About 700 Dunn Energy Cooperative customers are still without power as of Friday afternoon.
General Manager Jim Hathaway said the outages were scattered across the county as of about 4:30 p.m. Friday. He's hoping that all customers will be restored by midnight. If not, crews would likely stop work for the night at that point for safety reasons. They would continue after daylight Saturday if that's the case.
Snow-covered roads have hampered progress throughout the day. So have right of ways that Hathaway called "virtually impassable" with high snow banks.
MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) --Nearly 1,500 customers throughout Dunn County are without power because of the winter storm.
Dunn Energy Cooperative said on Friday morning that there are affected customers as far north as Ridgeland, and as far south as Rock Falls. The outages started around 6 p.m. Thursday. General Manager Jim Hathaway said that when the area experienced high winds around 1 a.m. Friday, "We had a lot of trouble." He says it was mostly ice that formed on power lines that caused the outages, but that there were also trees that fell into power lines.
Hathaway says he has about eight to 10 crews, which is all of the crews he has available, working to restore customers. He hopes that all customers will be restored by tonight, but admitted that it's hard to say for sure.