High Winds Cause More Northwoods Power Outages

Sep 11, 2014

WPS crew recently repairing a line at WXPR
Credit WXPR

As if the massive storm on September 4 wasn't enough, the Northwoods was hit again Wednesday evening as a change in weather brought stiff winds from the north and another round of power outages.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Leah Van Zile says as the winds picked up they started getting calls....

"....mainly with tree branches coming across power lines. And with the heavy saturation of the rain (recently) we saw trees coming uprooted and going across power lines...."

VanZile says at peak about 5000 customers were without power and all customers are (coming) back on line. The majority of outages were in Lac du Flambeau, St. Germain, Eagle River and Crandon.
Like last week, WPS called for more help....

".....we did call in crews from neighboring WPS offices such as Wausau, Stevens Point, Green Bay. We did call in extra crews to assist our local crews...."

Last week there were outages in the tens of thousands across the WPS service area as a massive storm caused widespread damage.