Utility Companies across West Central Minnesota are working to restore
power to thousands of customers following heavy winds and rain on
Thursday night. The West Central Research and Outreach Center in
Morris reported a 5.6 inch rainfall overnight. Several water “runs”
developed around the region; runs are temporary streams that typically
dry up shortly after a heavy rainfall.
At 8:10 on Friday morning, Runestone Electric Association (REA)
reported over 56% of their members were without power. REA released
the following statement: “Numerous substations are down due to
transmission issues. If your power comes back on and then goes off
again, please contact REA.
“REA crews have been working through the night to restore power.
In-coming call volume is extremely heavy and callers my receive a busy
signal. Outages can be reported at email@example.com.”
Morris Chief of Police Jim Beauregard reminds the public to avoid
downed power lines. Treat each downed line as if it is live and call
law enforcement or your utility company to have it removed.
Swift County Sheriff John Holtz reports Swift County was hit by strong
winds, rain, and hail. Holtz says, “Many homes, out buildings, and
trees were damaged due to the high winds. It appeared that it was from
straight line winds since it affected such a wide spread area. Hardest
hit areas were Benson and Swift Falls along with Danvers and Degraff.”
In Stevens County, the wind was severe enough to tip several rail cars
over near Chokio. The Morris Fire Department responded to several
calls throughout the night and early morning, including to a house
where a downed line sparked and threatened a home. The residents of
the home were evacuated to safety and a fire was averted.
The City of Morris will be picking up branches from the storm
throughout the day (Friday). City officials say the branches need to
be stacked in piles on the boulevard and not be any longer than 8 feet