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Continued: Tens of thousands still without power in Minneapolis, west metro

  • Article by: DAVID CHANEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 23, 2013 - 10:49 PM

Problems persist

Most of the remaining power outages are concentrated in Minneapolis and western suburbs, officials said.

Repairs are prioritized based on what will restore power to the largest number of customers the most quickly, as well as to critical facilities such as hospitals, Xcel officials said.

The last remaining outages — those expected to be cleared by Wednesday — can be the most complex, requiring a high level of on-site resources and a high level of safety precautions.

The sheer volume of the destruction has been the biggest challenge for workers, said Patti Nystuen, spokeswoman for Xcel Energy.

The Minneapolis Public Schools canceled summer programs Monday at several buildings that have no power. The schools are Folwell, Lucy Laney, Nellie Stone Johnson and South High School, and the Broadway High School program at Longfellow.

Some traffic lights remained dark, creating dangerous intersections where some motorists drove through instead of stopping. Gawkers looking at the damage gummed up traffic, too.

At W. 22nd Street and Harriet Avenue S. in Minneapolis, where a tree fell across the street and crunched two vehicles, even a city traffic control worker stopped and took a picture.

Nearby, Shelli Hoppke with teen son Preston rode their motor scooter to the Wedge Community Co-op on Lyndale Avenue S.

The power at the business had been restored about 3 a.m. Sunday, so she wanted to check to see if she would be working on Monday.

She had no damage at her Powderhorn Park home, but she was helping out a friend in another neighborhood.

“I’m storing her children’s insulin and making buckets of ice for them,” she said.

 

David Chanen • 612-673-4465

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