Stay away from downed power lines
Great River Energy urges Minnesotans to always play it safe around power lines. Harsh Midwestern weather can damage power lines and equipment, creating dangerous situations. Remember:
- If you see a downed power line, stay away from it and immediately call 911 to report it. There is no way to tell if a power line is energized just by looking at it. Always assume it’s live and can carry currents strong enough to kill.
- Never drive over a downed power line if it’s blocking your driveway or road. Call 911 to report it and find another route.
- If a power line falls on your car or otherwise comes in contact with your vehicle, stay in the vehicle. Use your cellphone to call 911 and wait for help to arrive.
How your power is restored
When severe weather causes widespread damage, sometimes outages can be extended. Great River Energy and its 28 member cooperatives work hard to restore your power as quickly and safely as we possibly can, first removing any threats to public safety, then following established priorities for making repairs that will restore the most customers first.
To watch videos about the steps utilities take to restore your power, how to prepare an emergency kit, food-safety tips and more, visit greatriverenergy.com/restoringyourpower.
About Great River Energy
Great River Energy is a not-for-profit electric cooperative owned by 28 member distribution cooperatives located from the outer-ring suburbs of the Twin Cities, up to the Arrowhead region of Minnesota and down to the farming communities in the southwest part of the state. Please visit greatriverenergy.com for more information.