Power line men continue to work on poles


HARTFORD, S.D. (KELO) — Hundreds of customers are wiithout power. KELOLAND’s Whitney Fowkes went out with an energy company to see the work required to turn that electricity back on.

Sioux Valley Energy provides power for east-central South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota.

“This storm literally has wiped about 25-hundred miles of our service territory. Our service territory is about 6,000 square miles,” Tim McCarthy said.

Crews have been out in less-than-ideal weather to help restore power.

“The weather conditions both first the storm and now the water or the moisture we’re seeing out there on the ground has just made for some really slow-going it’s made it tough to get things restored,” McCarthy said.

Regenerating power may be hard work, but Ryan Brockway’s spirits are still high.

“I enjoy the work, it’s fun, helping people out, ya know, especially something like this. It’s nice to get their lights back on for ’em,” Brockway said.

Connexus is a energy co-op working with Sioux Valley, and they’re glad to lend a helping hand.

“Other co-ops need help we’re happy to help them, ya know, and they kind of return the favor for us too.  When we’re in need a lot of other crews from out of town come help us out, so it’s really a good deal,” Brockway said.

McCarthy say if you see a pole or a wire down to not touch or go near it, and to call your local energy company to report it.

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