Rock Energy crews work to restore power

Rock Energy crews work to restore power

Rock Energy Cooperative crews will continue to work throughout the day to restore power to members after storms with high winds swept through southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois on Wednesday.

The storm caused about 850 outages that were spread throughout the co-op’s service territory. As of 7:30 a.m. Thursday, power had been restored to all but 90 members. 

Line crews started working about 6 p.m. when the first line of storms hit. They were on the job as the second wave rolled through about 10 p.m.

In Bradford Township, a barn blew over and broke three power poles. Almost all of the outages were caused by high winds that toppled trees, which then fell onto power poles and lines.

Crews were dispatched first to areas where repairs can be made to restore power to the greatest number of members in the shortest amount of time. In many cases, large tree limbs needed to be cleared from power lines before the restoration work could begin. Safety is the co-op’s first concern, so priority is given to areas that have wires on the ground. 

Rock Energy thanks members for their patience and understanding as crews continue to deal with this storm.

Crews work on Thursday to restore power along West Creedy Road, north of Beloit.

storm damage    Tree uprooted

removing tree from power lines    Preparing power pole    replacing power pole