ARE YOU WITHOUT POWER?
REPORTING YOUR OUTAGE BY CALLING 800-473-1722

If you are without power, contact Runestone Electric Association. Don’t assume that someone else has called to report the problem. Every call helps us determine the location and extent of the outage. Calls are answered 24 hours a day, including holidays and weekends.

STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POWER LINES (even if you are CERTAIN they are not energized). A previously safe line may become energized unexpectedly in the process of repairing damaged lines, so KEEP CLEAR.

7:30 PM Sunday, 5/15/2022: – The power is back on for the majority of REA’s members by Sunday evening. Only a handful of scattered individual outages remain. If you are still without power, please report it to REA by calling 800-473-1722. As always, please stay away from downed power lines and never assume the lines are de-energized. 

Following the destructive May 12 storm, REA had over 7,000 service accounts without power. That’s about 60% of our service territory! The storm caused damage to transmission and distribution lines across a wide swath of Runestone Electric’s service territory – From Morris to Eagle Bend, and everything in between. Repairs involved cutting trees from lines, replacing broken poles, and splicing broken wires.

Crews from REA, ALP Utilities, Lake Region Electric Cooperative, Stearns Electric Association, and Highline Construction worked through the weekend to restore power. We could not have restored power in a timely matter without them – THANK YOU!

Although most of the power is restored, cleaning up storm damage will continue. We have our work cut out for us!

A huge thank you to our members for being patient with us as we worked to restore power as quickly and safely as possible!

10:00 AM Sunday, 5/15/2022: – As REA enters day 3 of prolonged outages, about 900 remain without power due to Thursday evening’s devastating storm.

There are many dozens of poles to be replaced, with each pole taking over two hours for a large crew. It is a slow and tedious process to remove the trees, set the new pole, and string the wire. In some cases, the trucks get stuck due to all the rain.

With all that being said, we hope to have all our members back on by dark today. This wouldn’t be possible without the hard work from REA, and our friends at ALP Utilities, Lake Region Electric Co-op, Stearns Electric, and Highline Construction – thank you!

Finally, a huge thank you to our members for being patient with us as we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We appreciate all the thank yous and positive thoughts the community has sent us. It makes the job a bit easier! 

As always, please stay away from downed power lines and never assume the lines are de-energized. Those experiencing a power outage are asked to call REA at 1-800-473-1722.

9:00 PM Saturday, 5/14/2022: – About 1,000 service accounts remain without power due to Thursday evening’s storm. REA has been busy replacing broken poles, splicing wire, cutting trees and repairing other damages. Our hope is to restore everyone’s power by Sunday evening.
 
Huge thank you to our friends at ALP Utilities, Highline Construction and Lake Region Electric Cooperative for helping restore power to the membership!
 
As we pass the 48 hour mark, we want to thank our members that have been patient with us. We understand the inconvenience this places upon you. Know that our crews will be working through the night and into tomorrow to restore power as quickly and safely as possible!
 
As always, REA stresses to stay away from any powerlines that may be down and never assume the lines are de-energized. Those experiencing a power outage are asked to call REA at 1-800-473-1722

12:00 PM Saturday, 5/14/2022: – About 3,000 service accounts remain without power due to the severe storm that ravaged our service territory on the evening of May 12. REA continues to experience outages that span from Morris to Osakis and everything in between.
REA is doing its best to get as many people back on as quickly as possible in a safe manner. Cutting trees, replacing poles, and splicing wire is proving to be a tedious process. Our crews estimate that there are around 50 poles that were broken. We have called in extra help from our friends at ALP, Lake Region, and Highline Construction, plus the office is fully staffed to support them.
We understand the inconvenience this has been for our members. Thank you for being patient as our crews work as quickly and safely as possible.
Again, REA stresses to stay away from any powerlines that may be down and never assume the lines are de-energized. Those experiencing a power outage are asked to call REA at 1-800-473-1722.

7:00 PM Friday, 5/13/2022: – As we approach the 24 hour mark, much of our system still remains without power. The storm caused extensive damage to transmission and distribution lines to nearly REA’s whole service territory. Restoration efforts will continue through the weekend.  Members who are without power should prepare for a multi-day outage.

Members with generators should connect necessary appliances and equipment directly to the generator with extension cords unless a double-throw transfer switch is wired into their system. A generator can feed back into the substation creating a dangerous situation for line workers.

Again, REA stresses to stay away from any powerlines that may be down and never assume the lines are de-energized. Those experiencing a power outage are asked to call REA at 1-800-473-1722.

REA is aware that living without electricity is a real inconvenience, so we thank you greatly for your patience!

1:00 PM Friday, 5/13/2022: – Thursday evening’s severe weather has resulted in prolonged outages for more than 6,000 REA service accounts. The storm caused damage to transmission and distribution lines across a wide swath of Runestone Electric’s service territory. Repairs involve cutting trees from lines, replacing broken poles, and splicing broken wires.

Restoration efforts will continue through the weekend. All of our crews are working in the field, and we have help from an overhead line contractor. Even with the added labor, members without power should prepare for a multi-day outage.

Our focus will remain to address public safety concerns first, moving to our main circuits second, and then handling individual locations.

REA stresses to stay away from any powerlines that may be down and never assume the lines are de-energized. Those experiencing a power outage are asked to call REA at 1-800-473-1722. Thank you for your patience.

8:00 AM Friday, 5/13/2022: – Over 6,000 REA service accounts remain without power following damage from straight-line winds and other severe weather across the service territory. Restoral times have been impacted by the high number of broken poles, down line, and significant transmission damage.

Four REA substations remain off due to transmission outages. Restoral times will be impacted due to the coordination required with our power supplier.

REA is working with a local contractor, Highline Construction, to assist our restoral efforts. We anticipate crews working through the weekend to restore power and clean up storm damage.

REA stresses to stay away from any powerlines that may be down and never assume the lines are de-energized. Those experiencing a power outage are asked to call REA at 1-800-473-1722. Thank you for your patience.

10:00 PM Thursday, 5/12/2022: – Over 7,000 REA service accounts are without power following damage resulting from recent severe weather across the service territory. Nearly REA’s whole service territory is affected including 18 substations. Crews are currently working to restore services and will be working through the night. REA stresses to stay away from any powerlines that may be down and never assume the lines are de-energized. Those experiencing a power outage that have not called in to report their outage should call REA at 1-800-473-1722. Thank you for your patience.

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