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East River Electric Co-op working on power outages

(Press Release) Severe weather that blanketed much of eastern South Dakota tonight knocked out power to thousands of cooperative consumers. High winds damaged infrastructure from the far southern part of East River Electric Power Cooperative’s transmission system to the northeastern part of the system. As of 9 p.m., 49 East River Electric substations as well as six municipal customers served by East River are out of power across the cooperative’s service area.

 

East River Electric crews have also discovered at least 18 areas with significant transmission structure damages. Crews are continuing to work across eastern South Dakota to assess damage and will work as quickly as possible to restore power and damaged structures. Because of widespread damage, some consumers may be without power through the night.


Throughout the storm, East River Electric’s system operations personnel worked to reroute power and restore members as soon as possible. East River crews are out working tonight assessing the damage and will begin rebuilding downed lines in the morning. As a reminder, never approach damaged or downed power lines.

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