Otter Tail Power Company working to restore power for thousands

Photo by: Otter Tail Power Company - Twitter
Photo by: Otter Tail Power Company - Twitter

(Fergus Falls, MN) -- Thursday evening’s severe weather has resulted in prolonged outages for more than 24,000 Otter Tail Power Company customers primarily in Minnesota and South Dakota.

"With significant damage to equipment, including more than 250 broken poles, the company anticipates that it may take most of the day before crews are able to complete repairs," said OTPC in a released statement to WDAY radio. "Some customers could be without power for three to four days." Crews continue to assess damage as they work to restore power to customers.

“Our hearts are with those that experienced damage to their homes and businesses,” said Otter Tail Power Area Manager Scott Wiese. “We’ve worked throughout the night to determine the extent of damage, and additional crews and equipment are on their way to assist with repairs.”

If you can see damage to power lines or poles, you're asked to stay safe and stay away. You can call Otter Tail Power at (800) 257-4044 to report damage.

“We appreciate our customers’ patience as we work as safely and quickly as we can to restore power,” said Wiese.

For the latest on outages with OTPC, click here.