Friday: Power still out in hundreds of Pierce Co. homes
As of mid-afternoon Friday, about 950 homes served by Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services remained without electricity.
About 2,400 of the co-op's customers lost power following the spring snowstorm that hit late Wednesday night, May 2, toppling trees, power lines and poles.
Outages were widespread across the entire system that includes Pierce and Pepin counties and portions of St. Croix and Buffalo counties. Hardest hit were the townships of Oak Grove, Trimbelle, Ellsworth, El Paso, Hartland and Salem in Pierce County.
Linemen from three Wisconsin cooperatives -- Riverland Energy, Jackson Electric and Clark Electric -- are assisting PPCS crews with restoration.
Crews continue to focus first on repairing damage to lines that serve the greatest number of members, said spokesperson Lori Larson. The focus will then shift to individual line outages.
"It's difficult to estimate restoration times, but crews continue to work to restore electricity as quickly and safely as possible," said Larson.