WPS making progress repairing outages following spring storm
For the Star Journal
Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) crews have restored power to more than 28,000 customers affected by Wednesday’s spring storm. Heavy, wet snow and freezing rain have caused outages across northern Wisconsin. Some of the areas most affected by the outages include communities around the Minocqua, Rhinelander, Wausaukee and Wabeno areas.
As of 2:30 p.m., approximately 24,000 customers remain without power.
WPS crews are seeing significant damage, including downed power lines and tree limbs that have fallen into electric equipment.
Crews are working around the clock to make repairs and restore power to customers as quickly and safely as possible. Additional outside crews have been brought in to assist WPS in repairing the outages.
Customers without power can report their outage through the WPS app, website or 800-450-7240.
Customers who come across a downed power line are urged to stay at least 25 feet away. Report downed power lines to WPS or a local law enforcement agency. Customers also are reminded to clear any buildup of snow and ice from natural gas meters and appliance vents.
The latest outage information is available on the WPS outage map.
Numbers of Northwoods WPS customers affected by an electrical outage as of 2:30 p.m.:
Arbor Vitae 701
Boulder Junction 505
Lac du Flambeau 14755
Lake Tomahawk 563
Pine lake 116
St. Germain 449
Three Lakes 1000