Hundreds of homes in Duluth could be without electricity until Thursday


Thousands of homeowners in Duluth could be without electricity until Thursday as utility companies work frantically to restore power to the flood-hit region.

It's estimated that four of the worst-hit neighborhoods in the northeastern Minnesota city – Woodland, Hunter's Park, Morley Heights and Lakeside – won't get their power back until 6 p.m. on Thursday at the earliest, WDIO reports.

This will mean these homes will have had no electricity for a week, following this past Thursday's thunderstorms that battered much of Minnesota, with the northeast region bearing the brunt of it.

As of 9 p.m. Sunday, there were 7,400 Minnesota Power customers without electricity, the utility company said on Facebook, and at 10 a.m. Monday there are still more than 4,000.

Residents have been reminded that the restoration times listed by Minnesota Power are just estimates – and some will get their power back sooner, some later.

"We understand this causes frustration and that these conditions are very challenging," the company said. "Restoration depends on conditions in the field, tree clearing progress, feeder access, pole replacements and much more."

The efforts of the 400-plus utility workers in the field has been recognized by some of Duluth's younger residents, who have left them messages of support.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the damage wrought by Thursday's storms on the northeast Minnesota, northwest Wisconsin region is estimated at $46 million.

The paper notes state and federal officials in Wisconsin will meet on Monday to discuss the flood damage, and will pass on the information to Gov. Scott Walker, who will decide whether to ask that a federal disaster be declared.

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