PRECorp line crews made progress Saturday restoring power on the widespread power outages that occurred during Friday’s snowstorm.
However, PRECorp crews discovered additional areas that will take time to restore power as sections of line will need to be rebuilt. In particular, an area east of Highway 111 between Beulah and Sundance has at least 20 broken poles. Members in this area should plan to be out of electricity overnight and into Sunday. PRECorp cannot yet determine a time when power will be restored.
After the long day Saturday, PRECorp crews will return to their outposts this evening for required rest time. Emergency line crews will be available during the night, but the full restoration push will resume at 7 a.m. Sunday morning.
Estimates are that approximately 1,000 meters system-wide are still without electricity. Many of the storm-closed roads in the service territory are reopened. Approximately 20 crews will be working throughout the service territory Sunday. Areas of focus include Kaycee, Hulett, rural areas around Sundance, Moorcroft, Buffalo, Wright, and north of Gillette.
If you experience a new outage call 1-888-391-6220. There are many broken trees throughout the area. If you see a hazardous situation such as a downed power line, call 1-888-391-6220. Do not approach the scene. You can be electrocuted if you make contact with an energized line or anything it touches. Powder River Energy Corporation is a member-owned, nonprofit electric cooperative serving the five counties of northeast Wyoming including Campbell, Sheridan, Johnson, Crook and Weston. Approximately 28,700 meters are served across more than 16,200 square miles of northeastern Wyoming and southern Montana.