Power outages linger in western Twin Cities

4:00 PM, Nov 15, 2010   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Heavy snow and fallen branches caused power outages that have lingered for thousands of customers in the western Twin Cities area Monday morning.

Xcel Energy crews have restored power to a majority of customers who were affected by the weekend's weather. But as of 7 a.m., 10,501 outages were still being addressed.

The majority of the problems are in the western Twin Cities.

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Connexus Energy powers seven counties including Anoka. The company had about 14,000 outages to deal with at the height of the storm. It brought in help from other parts of Minnesota to assist with outage calls.

"Be patient, guys are working 24-7," says Tim Berg of Connexus Energy.

At the height of the storm, 14,000 Connexus Energy customers lost power. As of 8:30 p.m. Sunday, around 1,000 of those customers still did not have power.

Late Sunday, Dakota Electric reported it was was working on the last few remaining outages in its system.

"We thank everyone for their patience during this massive severe weather event," spokesperson Joe Miller said. "Our crews have been working extremely hard in tough conditions."

Dakota Electric provides electricity to more than 100,000 members throughout Dakota County and portions of Goodhue, Rice and Scott counties.

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