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Power still out for some Wisconsin Rapids storm victims


WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAU) -- It’s been over 24-hours, but some electric customers in the Wisconsin Rapids area are still without power. Monday’s early morning storm initially affected 6,000 of the 14,000 customers in the Wisconsin Rapids Water and Light Commission’s service area.

Manager Joel Mathews says their Water Department crews have been helping clear branches and trees. Linemen continued repairing damaged lines through the night.  “Your freezer should be good overnight, anything you’ve got in your freezer as long as you're not opening it up. Just leave it closed and the stuff in the freezer should stay fine. If you’ve got a generator, use it.”

Mathews says the damage affecting the last 200 or so customers is very extensive, and will be very labor intensive to clean up and return service to normal.   “It could be as late as lunchtime before we get every last one of the customers back, up and restored with power, so I would err on the side of caution. Again, if you don’t have a generator, the stuff in your refrigerator, if you’ve got a concern there, make a trip to a convenience store for some ice and a cooler, and toss it in there just to be safe.”

Mathews says they did ask for mutual aid from other power companies to help restore service, but many of them were still restoring power in their own territories Monday afternoon and evening.