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Power restored to Fulda late Thursday

April 18, 2013

Kevin Raddle, Alliant Energy Company, works on broken power lines on Friday  in the Fulda area.  Alliant Energy reported more than 1,500 customers were without power due to the 2013 April ice storm that began on Tuesday, April 9th.  
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Jerry Johnson
FULDA FREE PRESS/Jerry Johnson
Kevin Raddle, Alliant Energy Company, works on broken power lines on Friday in the Fulda area. Alliant Energy reported more than 1,500 customers were without power due to the 2013 April ice storm that began on Tuesday, April 9th.
Guide wires were in grave danger of collapsing as the snow added more weight to the already ice covered lines in the area. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Jerry Johnson
FULDA FREE PRESS/Jerry Johnson
Guide wires were in grave danger of collapsing as the snow added more weight to the already ice covered lines in the area.
 The ice came so quickly and so hard it left this windmill at the Feed Shak in Fulda with extended blades of a good inch in length. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Jerry Johnson
FULDA FREE PRESS/Jerry Johnson
The ice came so quickly and so hard it left this windmill at the Feed Shak in Fulda with extended blades of a good inch in length.
 Falling trees took out anything in their way including this street sign at the corner of Third and Lafayette. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Jerry Johnson
FULDA FREE PRESS/Jerry Johnson
Falling trees took out anything in their way including this street sign at the corner of Third and Lafayette.
By Norma Dittman, Fulda Free Press staff writer
Power was restored to the community of Fulda at about midnight on Thursday, according to the Alliant Energy newsroom.

During the outage, Fulda’s mayor, Greg Ommen, contacted the League of Minnesota Cities, and informed them that Fulda had a need for backup generators while the electrical power was out so that the water treatment plant and the sewer pumps could be operated.

The League of Minnesota Cities asked if Fulda was part of Minnesota Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (MnWARN). Because the city is a member, the League of Minnesota Cities made a call to MnWARN and informed them of the need for generators. (MnWARN is a statewide Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network of utilities helping utilities).

Two generators were brought in late Thursday evening - one from Apple Valley, MN, and one from Norward Young America, MN. The City of Fulda crew was prepared to put the generators into operation on Friday morning, but, thankfully, all power was restored within the City late Thursday.

“When I called the League of Minnesota Cities, they sent out an email to other member cities identifying what the need is for,” Ommen explained. “If any of those member cities have anything available, the League, in turn, gives the city officials my number and then arrangements are made so that I know when they will arrive in Fulda.” Limited manpower and limited financial resources prevent the City of Fulda from offering homeowners assistance in removing tree debris from their private property.

The City of Fulda is responsible for boulevard trees and will clean and pick up the debris from them.

“We are trying to apply for disaster relief. We put together a dollar figure of what it will cost to clean up the town. Other towns around Murray County will do the same and this application will be discussed at a Murray County Board meeting that is scheduled for Tuesday evening,” Ommen said. At this point, we are not sure what dates we will be picking up the tree debris. I ask that our residents be patient because we will be announcing a pickup date.”


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