Slope Electric continues assessing storm damage and fixing power outages

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An early winter storm system dumped two to three feet of heavy, wet snow in portions of southwestern North Dakota, breaking power poles and lines, and disrupting electric service to hundreds of Slope Electric Cooperative member-consumers in the counties of Adams, Bowman, Hettinger and Slope.

Main Street in Hettinger last Saturday.
Main Street in Hettinger last Saturday.

Published October 11, 2013

The Herald

Line crews started restoration efforts on Friday and continue working from before sunup to after sundown, with assistance from Cass County Electric Cooperative, North Central Electric Cooperative, Govert Powerline Services, 3C Construction and 4T Construction.

Slope estimates the co-op will be replacing in between 600 and 700 broken poles, and that approximately 250 members remain without power. Line crews are still finding and repairing damage, which is most substantial in the southeastern part of the co-op’s service area. Due to the snow, rain and mud, many miles of line are being covered by snowmobile, ranger and airplane.

Crews are responding as quickly as possible to remove dangerous wires and poles from roadways. Travel is still extremely difficult in areas where snow drifts reached or exceeded five feet, and other areas where the ground is extremely saturated. Slope advises that some members in the southeastern portion of the co-op’s service area may be out of power well into next week.

If consumers see a downed power pole or line, please do not assume the line is de-energized. Energized lines are extremely dangerous. Stay away from any downed lines and poles, and report them to Slope by calling 701-579-4191 or 800-559-4191, or emailing 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.

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