WAPA Works To Restore Power In The Upper Great Plains
WAPA Anticipates Full Restoration Within A Few Days As Linemen Work Across Dakotas
LAKEWOOD, Colorado – This week, Western Area Power Administration has been working closely with local utilities to restore power. A devastating ice storm and severe blizzard conditions have blanketed the Upper Great Plains region with snow and ice, knocking out power to many communities.
“Restoring electricity to customers is our top priority. We recognize the enormous impact a loss of electric power has on everyone. We are working to resolve the problems power customers in the Summit South Dakota, area are facing as a result of the devastating ice storm and blizzard conditions this week,” said Senior Vice President and UGP Regional Manager Bob Harris.
WAPA crews have been working since Dec. 26 to repair the federal grid, which supplies bulk power to local utilities, and those utilities then distribute the electricity using their local distribution system. The storm impacted WAPA’s Summit Substation, as well as several high-voltage transmission lines in the local area.
“We are doing everything we can to restore service to our Summit Substation, including calling employees in from holiday vacation and dispatching employees and equipment from across South Dakota and North Dakota to repair our transmission line facilities,” said Harris. “Our workers are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to safely restore service as soon as we can.”
At this point, WAPA anticipates its facilities will be back up within the next few days. Provided enough ice melts off of the wires, the Summit Substation will be powered up then as well. Residents are encouraged to continue checking with their local utilities for estimates on restoration activities.
As a reminder to everyone in the area, do not approach downed electrical lines. Never touch a downed line even if residential power is “out,” as during restoration efforts downed lines may become energized. If you come across a downed electrical line, contact your local utility immediately.