Timeline (Updates posted on Crow Wing Power's Facebook)
10:27 p.m. Wednesday, June 22: The words everyone is waiting on edge to hear is near -
The remaining 5 people will be back on by midnight and we will be able to say, Electricity has been restored to all known members without power!
The major task of restoring power to over 10,000 members who were out of power at the peak of the Monday night storm will be complete!
Recap: Monday’s storm was quick and destructive, leaving a wake of uprooted trees, broken poles and downed power lines in its path. This storm made it apparent that Mother Nature had pushed the limit of patience for a great number of people. For many, this was the second time they were without power for an extended period of time in just 20 days. This storm mimicked the Memorial Day storm with similar high speed winds, almost following the same path of destruction and leaving about the same large number of people without power.
We were again very thankful for the 32 outside contractors who came and worked with our crews day and night. Inside and outside employees all pitched in like it was second nature –due to the trial run we had recently.
The overwhelming words of encouragement and support from cooperative members was awesome and we appreciated the tolerance people had to have for enduring lengthy periods of time without electricity.
Power has been restored but the storm clean-up will continue for days, probably through next week. Some of the “fixes” made were temporary and will require time and effort to restore everything to normal.
Thankfully no one was hurt – people were mindful of the dangers of downed power lines.
This storm was a second reminder that we should all be prepared.
2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Storm Update: Our outage numbers are going down steadily but seemingly slow for those still without power. At 6:30 this morning there were 140 total outages and around 2,000 members out of power. We now have 59 outages and just under 1,000 members left to restore. Understandably people are frustrated and wondering when trucks will come to restore their power. The outage dispatchers are very methodical in assigning crews to various parts of the service area. They have to plan the work very carefully to get the most people on in the most efficient and safest way possible. There’s a lot of people working together to make this happen as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience and will do our best to keep you informed.
7:05 a.m. Wednesday, June 22 as night crews head home and 23 fresh crews head out to continue restoration efforts- we have around 2,000 members (down from 10,000 Monday night) still without power. We empathize with those that continue to be without power, we know it isn’t easy. Know that we are working extremely hard to repair or replace poles and lines damaged by this storm and restore your power. You can monitor the outage map https://www.cwpower.com/outage-and-storm-center. Please call in any new power outages to 1-800-648-9401, please stay away from any downed power lines, do not remove trees or branches from lines. We will do our best to keep you informed.
8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 Crews are fed thanks to @lakesareacatering Chef Mike and headed back out to work through the night to restore outages. We are currently at 4,000 members without power, down from 5,000 this morning and the original 10,000 last night. We continue to battle winds which cause new outages. We are sharing the @BrainerdDistpatch submitted photos so you can look at community members submitted photos of damage from this fast and fierce storm. Like a broken record, we must thank you all for your patience as work is being done to repair and restore. Please stay away from downed power lines, call in any new outages to 1-800-648-9401, and leave the tree clearing from lines up to our crews. We will do our best to keep you informed.
3:30 Tuesday, June 21 Storm Restoration Update. This storm damage is much like the storm experienced on Memorial Day, geographically, with broken poles, and extensive tree damage. Once again Emily, Fifty Lakes and many other areas were severely affected and continue to be without power. Crews are making good progress, but strong winds continue to create new power outages. We anticipate that trend continuing as winds blow semi damaged trees over. Crews will work throughout the night again and expect this to be a multi-day restoration effort. If you are experiencing a new outage, please call our outage line at 1-800-648-9401. Please stay away from downed power lines, do not try to clean up any trees or branches from the lines. A big shout out to Walmart for providing water to our crews.
7:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 21 - It's a fresh new day - Last night's storms that just kept rolling in - has left us with almost 5,000 members without power, compared to the 10,000 + we had last night by about 9:00 p.m. Crews worked throughout the night and restored power for quite a few.
The damage is extensive -a nearly repeat of the Memorial Day storm. Good news - we have well over 35 contracted crews lined up to work side by side with Crow Wing Power line workers, similar to the massive effort it took to clean up that storm.
Continue to call in your outage if you have not and include messages if you see downed power lines or other dangerous situations. 1-800-648-9401. If any immediate dangers or needs are evident, call 911.
Cannot be stressed enough - Do not attempt to clear trees from tangled power lines - let our crews do the clearing! A downed power line can be energized!
There are almost 200 individual outages affecting the 5,000 members.
Monday 9:15 p.m. The storm that came up rather quickly has mimicked the most recent Memorial Day storm and has left over 10,000 members without power. Crews are out and working to assess and restore. Continue to follow our Facebook page and cwpower.com for outage updates. Please call in your outage location at 1-800-648-9401. PLEASE stay away from downed power lines, do not remove any trees or limbs from power lines. If you see a downed power line or a situation we should be aware of call it in with your outage. 911 should be reserved for imminent danger situations.
8:15 p.m. Monday, June 20 - Strong winds blew through and toppled trees and cut power to 5,000 cooperative members. It's too early to get a handle on it. The outage numbers reports are rising. We're told strong winds are mainly to blame for a storm that quickly landed. Outages at this point are from Camp Ripley to just north of Brainerd for the most part. The storm watch went to a warning rather quickly around 8. More to come - Stay away from downed lines - We'll assess the situation and get back to a more detailed post.
Local Radio Stations
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Brainerd Lakes Salvation Army - (218) 829-1120 - http://salvationarmynorth.org/community/brainerd/
American Red Cross Brainerd Office- (218) 829-4004 - 2029 S 6th St #109, Brainerd, MN 56401
Minnesota Emergency Management - https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem/Pages/default.aspx
Before An Outage
Current Contact Information. Provide your most up-to-date contact information. An old landline phone number that is no longer in service but remains on your account will make it harder for us to locate you.
Make sure your Emergency Outage Kit is fully stocked and easily accessible.
Develop an emergency plan that addresses any special medical needs you or your family members have. Call your local emergency management office to discuss necessary arrangements.
Purchase appliances with built-in surge protection or install surge protectors to help safeguard valuable electronic equipment such as computers and home entertainment systems. Plug computers and other sensitive equipment into a separate, grounded circuit to isolate them from fluctuations caused when a major appliance restarts (such as your room air conditioner or refrigerator). Consider having a lightning arrester installed at your main circuit panel.
Emergency Outage Kit
To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food & manual can opener
Radio - Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
Flashlights & Candles
Matches or Lighters
First aid kit & family prescriptions
Blankets and/or sleeping bags
Whistle - to signal for help
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Special needs items - for infants, elderly and/or disabled family members
Local maps & emergency phone numbers
Cell phone chargers and a backup battery
Report your outage immediately to your local electric company. Crow Wing Power members need to call us at 1-800-648-9401. Don't rely on your neighbors to report your outage.
Stay away from downed power lines, flooded areas, and debris. Treat all fallen wires and anything touching them as though they are energized. Immediately report downed lines to your local electric company.
Turn off all appliances, including your furnace, air conditioner, water heater, and water pump. Leave on one lamp to know when power has been restored. That way, you can avoid a circuit overload and another outage that may result when power is restored to all appliances at once.
Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed. Food will stay frozen for 36 to 48 hours in a fully loaded freezer if you keep the door closed. A half-full freezer will generally keep food frozen for 24 hours. For refrigerated items, pack milk, other dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, gravy, and spoilable leftovers into a cooler surrounded by ice. Inexpensive Styrofoam coolers are fine for this purpose.
Follow safe operating procedures for generators. Never operate one inside your home or in an enclosed space, such as a garage.
Listen to the local radio station on your battery-operated radio for regular news and weather updates.
If using portable stoves, kerosene heaters, or lanterns, make sure that the area is sufficiently ventilated.
If you must travel, please help protect line workers and crews when you see them on the roadside making emergency repairs. Move over from the lane nearest the workers or slow down until you can safely pass the work site.
If it is hot outside, close drapes and blinds on the sunny side of your house, drink plenty of fluids, take your pets to a cool basement location, and go to an air-conditioned civic center, mall, or library if necessary to stay cool.
If it is cold outside, open your blinds during the day, cover windows with drapes at night, avoid alcoholic beverages, and gather in a central room where there is an alternative heat source, such as a fireplace or kerosene space heater. If the indoor temperature drops to 55°F or below, open your faucets slightly so they constantly drip to prevent pipes from freezing.
Do not hesitate to contact a physician if you have any health-related questions.
Power outages are never convenient. It takes a lot of hands to keep your power on and even more hands to get it up and running when an outage occurs. Your cooperative works hard to restore your electric service when outages occur, but there are necessary steps to take to ensure that power is restored to members as quickly and safely as possible.
Typically, one of the first steps Crow Wing Power takes - to prevent injuries and fires - is to make sure that power is no longer flowing through downed lines. Restoration then proceeds based on established priorities.
The first to be repaired are transmission lines and distribution substations, because they are the most important lines carrying power from generating plants to large numbers of customers over wide areas.
Next, Crow Wing Power will restore power to critical community services such as, police and fire protection, and communications facilities.
The next priority is to restore service to the largest number of people as soon as possible. Service to neighborhoods, industries, and businesses is systematically restored, followed by single residences and small groups of customers, until restoration is complete.
High-voltage transmission lines feed power from generation plants to distribution substations. They seldom fail, but they can be damaged by ice storms, tornadoes and hurricanes, preventing other parts of the system from providing power to members. Because each high-voltage transmission line can serve tens of thousands of people, repairs at these sites take top priority.
Substations get power from transmission lines and carry it safely, at a lower voltage, for distribution to communities that serve thousands of consumers. A problem that can be fixed at a substation means thousands of people get their power back all at once.
The distribution lines carry electricity from substations to groups of customers, like neighborhoods. When these lines are repaired, power can be restored to the homes and businesses along those lines. Again, repairs are prioritized by the number of members who can benefit.
When others near you have their power restored, but yours is still out, it may indicate damage to a service line. Service lines deliver power to the transformers—either mounted on poles or placed on pads for underground service—that serve individual businesses, homes and schools. If you still have no power after your neighbors’ lights come back on, contact your co-op, so a service crew can check the service line.
After a storm, Crow Wing Power committed to restoring your power as quickly and as safely as possible. For those who want to help in that effort, here are some do’s and don’ts to keep everyone—the public and the repair crews—safe.
- Report Outages. Let us know when your power is out by calling 1-800-648-9401
- Stay Safe. Stay well away from sites where crews are working. The work may be fascinating, but it’s also hazardous. There is always a danger of electrocution or being struck by debris. If work crews must stop what they are doing to move onlookers out of the way, that slows down the process of restoring power.
- Report Damage. Report any downed power lines, broken poles or power outages as soon as you can. This helps your co-op assess damage and provide the right equipment and repair crews where they are needed.
- Social Media. Use social media, as well as local news media reports, for the latest updates on power outages. We monitor and update our Facebook and Twitter pages around the clock during large outage situations
- Current Contact Information. Provide your most up-to-date contact information. An old landline phone number that is no longer in service but remains on your account will make it harder for us to locate you.
- Terrain Information. Provide helpful information, when needed, to direct repair crews to the easiest or shortest access routes to power lines on or near your property. There may be lineworkers from other electric co-ops who are in the area to assist with power restoration but are not familiar with the area.
- Don’t interfere with repair crews while they work. That includes asking them to explain what they are doing or asking when the power will be restored at your house. Every minute spent answering those questions is a minute taken away from restoring service. Instead, visit our Outage Map website or social media sites for the latest updates on power restoration in your area.
- Don’t complain to working repair crews that your power is still out. If you have reported your outage to us, crews are working as efficiently as possible toward restoring power, step by step, in your area. See Restoring your power after a storm.
- Don’t attempt to assist by cutting fallen trees away from power lines. Always assume a power line is energized and dangerous, even when power is out in that area. Anything touching the line can conduct electricity—including trees, human bodies, vehicles, and the ground—and pose a danger of electrocution.
The Outage Viewer map can be found here http://184.108.40.206:7576/
5:00 A.M. Memorial Day, May 30
A quick but damaging storm hit our area about 5:00 Monday, Memorial Day causing power outages for about 2,400 Cooperative members. The majority of the outages were from South Long Lake north.
6:00 P.M. Memorial Day evening
Just as we were wrapping up the outages from the morning, severe storm watches were issued. Those watches quickly turned into warnings. The warnings turned into reality about the 6:00 hour Monday night. The storm was extremely severe and resulted in over 11,000 members without power and storm damage that was tremendous.
The majority of the outages were packed in an area from Leader to Pequot Lakes, Pine River, Crosslake, Fifty Lakes and Emily, where the damage was disastrous. There were some of the same effects north of that area as well.
We could see immediately that this damage would result in a multi-day restoration event. Some crew members that worked all day continued to work all night.
7:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 31
Overnight crews were able to rest and a fresh group of 60 plus line workers went out to tackle the major storm damage. Many employees worked behind the scenes to keep the linemen supplied with equipment and inside dispatchers directed linemen to outage areas.
During the day, the number of outages that appear on the outage viewer map fluctuate and can be deceiving. One minute it can look like 7,000 are without power and the next we can be back to appearing like there are a prediction of 9,000 on the map. Some of that is just computer mapping an overload of information about restored and predicted outages. And, while we repair our system, Minnesota Power and Great River Energy the power suppliers in the region work on their large transmission systems. At times, transmission outages due to their maintenance or repair can cause all or part of our substation system to go back out of power.
The storm is no doubt challenging the patience of many.
4:45 P.M. Tuesday evening
At this time, the outage map indicated there were over 7,000 without power. Crews will continue their work to restore power until a turnover of line workers exchange later this evening. Then again at 6:00 a.m. we’ll have a large number of fresh crewmen for the Wednesday restoration.
There are many downed power lines that people should not go near. Report specific outages by calling in to 1-800-648-9401 so our outage management system can log your location in. Don’t try to clear trees that could be tangled with power lines. Let our crews do the clearing.
7:00 A.M., Wednesday June 1 - Day 3 A fresh crew of 60 plus line workers headed out at 6:00 a.m., armed and ready to tackle the remaining restoration for 3,100 members without power.
7:45 P.M. Wednesday, June 1. We are happy to say that crews have cut the outage number in half from this mornings outages. Crews will continue to work through the night. If you’ve already called in your power outage please rest assured that it is in our outage management system that's quite sophisticated that helps us control and dispatch crews where they are needed. We have a new top of the line metering system that tells us where power outages are predicted. Once the outages are verified, crews are dispatched.
9:50 P.M. Wednesday, June 1. Restoration Update: Drew one of the linemen repairing our service area, is a member of the restoration team that today rebuilt a stretch of power lines, to replace over a dozen snapped power poles near Leader. (southwest of Pequot Lakes.)
7:00 A.M. Thursday, June 2 Day 4. Fantastic to wake up to see only 242 members' power left to restore! Once again line workers and the people behind the scenes rally to finish the final restoration of power.
8:30 .P.M. Thursday, June 2 Power has been restored to all! The major task of restoring power to over 11,000 members who were out of power at the peak of the storm is now complete! The last service was restored at 8:23 P.M. The Memorial Day storm left a wake of destruction in its path that challenged a great number of people in our Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison County service territory. Our crews’ and outside contractors were put to the test and their perseverance paid off. Our hats are tipped to the men in the field who worked diligently, to the many support employees that worked long hours, handled phone calls, dispatched, delivered materials to crews and prepared and delivered food so men in the field could keep working.
We are very grateful for the overwhelming support and understanding from Cooperative members and for the patience people showed for enduring lengthy periods of time without electricity.
We’ll try to keep this web page updated, but another great way to follow our progress is on social media at https://www.facebook.com/CrowWingPower