City Manager: Wet, heavy snow contributes to power outages.

City Manager Ken Larking issued the following statement with power outages:

“Our utilities dispatch center continues to receive reports of power outages throughout our service territory. The buildup of wet, heavy snow on power lines and tree limbs is in most instances the cause of the outages. Wet, heavy snow presents one of the most difficult response scenarios that we face. This buildup of snow weighs down our lines and pushes trees and limbs across our lines. I know that we have had many customers without power for a number of hours. I want to assure them that we are doing everything we can to restore their service. I also know that each customer would like to know when his or her power service will be restored. However, there are too many variables to provide an accurate estimate. We have a large volume of outages and, as I said earlier, the outages are scattered throughout our service territory. In addition, a distribution line serving a local area may have multiple damaged locations, all of which must be found and repaired. All these factors affect our ability to predict when a specific customer’s power will be restored. We appreciate your patience and understanding.”