UPDATE ON SEVERE WEATHER EMERGENCY RESPONSE EFFORT
Posted on 1/29/2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cecily Fong
January 29, 2010
Bismarck, ND - North Dakota Rural Electric Cooperatives (RECs) today reported to The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) that power was restored to an additional 588 customer accounts over the course of the last 24 hours. Since the storm, power has been restored to over 5,000 customers. REC crews will continue to work throughout the weekend and restore power as quickly as possible. Additional crews have been brought in over the past several days and more have been added today.
Governor Hoeven has authorized the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) and other state agencies to continue to provide support to the RECs to get power on as soon as possible.
The NDNG has been missioned to provide an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter over the weekend to assist in surveying additional line damage for the Mor-Gran-Sou Electrical Cooperative in the Flasher area near Lark to the South Dakota border and east. Tomorrow, Slope Electric service area will receive aerial survey in Hettinger County.
NDDES reminds those using generators to do so safely. Remember to keep generators well away from homes and outside of structures. Carbon monoxide fumes are deadly and can quickly overwhelm. For further information about safety, please visit the NDDES website at: