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Recap of Weekend Power Outages


Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Three days of storms that brought heavy rain and lightning have left Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) employees and members hoping for a break from Mother Nature. Power outages began Friday morning (June 21) and continued on and off through Sunday (June 23) with 71 separate outages affecting 1,200 members.

“Lightning and trees coming down on the power lines were the main causes of the power outages on Friday and into Saturday,” says Chad Chaffee, TEC’s vice president of system operations. “By Sunday the ground was becoming saturated. Large trees were being uprooted and leaning into power lines. In some cases we were faced with roads washed out or barricaded due to flooding.”

Flooding was a problem for about 160 members served by the Houston Substation on Sunday. Crews worked to restore power by line switching, however, about 10 members did not have power returned until earlier today once the water receded.

“We want to thank our members for their patience as our crews worked around the clock to restore electricity,” Chaffee adds.

If power goes out, TEC members should call 1-800-432-2285. When significant outages occur, information is posted on the co-op’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/TriCountyElectricCooperativeMN. A power outage map is also available 24/7 by visiting www.tec.coop and clicking on the “Outages” tab.

Tips for staying safe during flooding:

• With rain forecasted over the next few days, TEC asks that you be on alert for flashing flooding, especially when driving at night. Also, be aware of electrical hazards associated with flooding.

• TEC and Safe Electricity have the following tips to help you stay safe during flooding:

• Never step into a flooded basement or other room if water may be in contact with electrical outlets, appliances, or cords.

• Never attempt to turn off power at the breaker box if you must stand in water to do so. If you cannot reach your breaker box safely, call your electric utility to shut off power at the meter.

• Never use electric appliances or touch electric wires, switches, or fuses when you are wet or when you are standing in water.

• Do not drive in flood waters. It is difficul .....
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Stand (for) our ground

Thu, Jun 27th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

If there was ever a year to be a worst case scenario for soil erosion, 2013 could be it. The last two years of timely rains and almost ideal conditions for harvest have erased the memories of the rains of 2007 and 2008 which devastated parts of sou ..... 
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Be Aware of All Requirements When Clearing Trees

Thu, Jun 27th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

When clear cutting more than 10,000 square feet of land (or an area equivalent to 100’ x 100’), the Fillmore County Soil Erosion Control Ordinance requires that the Fillmore County Zoning Office is contacted for a permit. Many areas are being cl ..... 
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Luther College hosts Iowa Prairie Conference July 18-20

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

2013 Iowa Prairie Conference features regional experts on prairies and the Driftless Region. DECORAH, Iowa – Luther College will host the 14th Iowa Prairie Conference with the theme “Prairies on the Edge” July 18-20. This is the first time t ..... 
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Lanesboro City Wide WEED UP!

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

Spring has sprung and with it have come the unsightly weeds that threaten to overtake our public green spaces. We need your help to get Lanesboro’s greenery under control! Join fellow volunteers on Monday, June 24 from 6 - 8 pm at the Lanesboro Vi ..... 
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Live Snakes of the Blufflands

Mon, Jun 10th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Live Snakes of the Blufflands 7:00 PM Saturday, June 15 Houston Nature Center Sixteen of Minnesota’s seventeen kinds of snakes, including the timber rattlesnake, live in the Blufflands. Join Sara Grover of Whitewater State Park to learn how ..... 
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Severe Weather Hits SE MN

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Fountain The Great Outdoors

On the eve of Wednesday, May 29, severe storms hit Fillmore County. Pictured above is the roof of Drury’s Furniture Warehouse in Fountain, Minn., which was damaged by high winds in the storm. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

Severe Weather strikes Spring Valley area

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley The Great Outdoors

For several days the National Weather Service has been predicting strong storms that would be affecting NE Iowa and SE Minnesota and their warnings started on Sunday afternoon. It started out as a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, advanced to a Warning and ..... 
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Are you ready?

Mon, May 6th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Disasters come in all shapes, sizes, and frequencies and have lasting effects on both people and property. Recent events tell us that floods, tornadoes, chemical spills, and acts of community violence can occur any time and place. If a disaster oc ..... 
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