WPS crews work through mangled poles, trees to restore power
STAR JOURNAL REPORT
Wisconsin Public Service crews continue working to restore power lost during the heavy storms Thursday morning. Much of serious damage is in the Harshaw, Natural Lakes and Nokomis areas. As of this morning, crews reported 30 broken poles, 26 of which were in the Minocqua and Tomahawk areas. According to WPS Public Relations Manager Lisa Prunty, poles can take anywhere from 3-5 hours to repair, again causing restoration delays.
“We have also found trees and debris tangled in wire,” Prunty stated in a press release. “Those areas are just a mess from a storm perspective. Due to this damage some customers will not be restored until late this evening.”
Power has been restored to more than 31,500 customers and it’s expected that most will be restored today. However, the damage shown in the photo in the Minocqua and Tomahawk areas is “slowing clean up and restorations efforts.” WPS is expecting those areas will have power restored late tonight.