Power Restored To Watertown After Storm
by Jill Johnson
June 22, 2013 10:03 PM
Codington County was affect by Friday’s storm, leaving most of the residents of Watertown without power until early Saturday morning.
When the power went out at around 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, all the lift stations in the city that take sewer from their homes to waste facilities were not working. City officials encouraged residents to not use water to prevent the sewage from backing up. Officials say power was restored at around 6 a.m. Friday morning.
They say over a dozen power lines were down. City traffic lights weren’t working, making it difficult for Emergency Responders to get where they needed to go.
“With the weather we had and the lighting, it really made it problematic for the utilities crews to get working on those power polls so we had to shut down a lot of different streets and avenues throughout the evening,” said Sgt. Steve Rehorst.
Codington County had reports of one-inch sized hail and 80 mph winds.