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When severe weather hits, get the latest outage information right here. We keep this page updated with the latest outages in Lake Region Electric Cooperative’s service area.
When there are outages, the status of the repair progress will be detailed below. We will continue to post updates throughout the restoration process. Additionally, you can sign up to receive updates via text or email through MyMeter when your property is directly affected.
There are no major outages at this time.
Here are photos of some of the issues our crews needed to address in the aftermath of the June 13th storms. Click photos to see full-size versions.
Past Updates From JUNe 13 Storms
As of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, only a small handful of LREC service accounts are without power following Tuesday’s storms. Those are all expected to be restored by the end of today.
Thank you all for your patience as we worked to recover services from the storm. If anyone is still experiencing a power outage after today, please call LREC at (800) 552-7658 in case an isolated outage had not been logged.
As of 9:00 a.m. Thursday, June 15, approximately 300 LREC service accounts remain without power following Tuesday’s storms.
Crews continue working on several small outages throughout the system, many of which are broken individual poles, uprooted trees, and debris from trees. The majority of services will be restored today, however, due to the extent of the damage some accounts may not be restored until Friday. Your continued patience is appreciated as the crews continue working to restore services as quickly and safely as possible.
As of 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 14th, approximately 400 LREC service accounts remain without power from the June 13th storms.
For the safety of our crews we are discontinuing repairs as of nightfall, but will begin working at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. Your continued understanding of the challenges involved in restoring power is greatly appreciated.
As of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, less than 1,400 LREC service accounts remain without power following last night’s storms.
Progress continues to be made, and we hope to have the majority of services restored by nightfall. However, due to the extent of damage, some accounts may not be restored until Friday. Additional crews have been called in for assistance from neighboring cooperatives. Your continued patience is appreciated as the crews continue working to restore services as quickly and safely as possible.
As of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 14, over 3,000 Lake Region Electric Cooperative service accounts remain without power following last night’s storms.
Crews have been working all night and will continue to work today to restore power; however, due to the extent of damage some accounts may not be restored until Friday. “Our crews are dealing with multiple trees down on multiple lines which need to be cleared before the lines can be restored,” said Al Fazio, VP of Engineering and Operations. “We’ve also found significant damage to the poles and other infrastructure which need to be replaced prior to getting the power back on for our members.”
In addition to all Lake Region crews working to repair services, the co-op has called Legacy Construction in for assistance with replacing broken poles and Carr’s Tree Service for assistance in clearing trees off of the lines. All told, more than 40 crew members are working to restore services as quickly and safely as possible.
RESCO has provided their “storm trailer” to Lake Region to provide the necessary materials for immediate deployment to the crews to get the system up again. “It’s during times like this that the cooperatives pull together to serve the members. I am extremely appreciative of all of the assistance that we are being provided from our cooperative family,” said Tim Thompson, CEO of Lake Region, “and I’m very proud of the efforts that our linemen, dispatchers, and customer service teams are putting forward to get the power back on.”
HOW TO REPORT AN OUTAGE
Before you call, please verify that you haven’t blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker. Be prepared to provide as many details as possible. It is also extremely important that we have your correct phone numbers on file. These numbers identify your account.
Call (800) 552-7658 or (866) 367-5732:
- To report power outages lasting longer than a few minutes.
- To report an electrical safety hazard.
You may be directed to our Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system if the outage is widespread. The automated IVR system will prompt you to enter and provide your outage information. Please speak your responses or enter the outage information using your key pad. The automated system also asks if you have specific details about the outage such as a broken pole, tree on the line, wires down, or partial power.
Additionally, you can now report an outage using MyMeter.
HOW WE RESTORE POWER
Outages occur for a number of reasons. In the event of a large or widespread outage, we prioritize repairs in order to get the largest number of customers back on first.
- First, we check and repair any damaged transmission lines. These are the lines that bring power to our electrical system.
- Equipment or line repairs at substations will be done next in order to transfer power from transmission lines to the main distribution lines throughout our service area.
- After the substations are repaired, we turn our attention to our main distribution lines, and then to tap lines, which carry electricity from the main distribution lines to smaller groups of customers.
- Once all distribution lines and tap lines are repaired, we begin working on service lines, which typically bring power to only one or two locations.
Restoring power during inclement weather or after a large accident can be a big job. Lake Region Electric maintains a 24-hour, 365 day-a-year dispatch center so if you should lose power, be assured we are working as quickly as possible to get your lights back on.