Crews from Wisconsin Power and Light Co. (WPL), an Alliant Energy Company, were deployed across southern Wisconsin in response to Dec. 20th's major winter storm. Heavy, wet snow and high winds, with gusts exceeding 50-miles-per-hour, are passing through the heart of WPL's utility service territory. The winter blast and blizzard conditions have damaged electric structures, poles, and lines, causing widespread customer outages, leaving over 10,000 customers without power this afternoon.
Damage assessments, repair work and crew staging occurred in areas stretching from Green and Iowa Counties in the southwest to Fond du Lac and Green Lake Counties in the northeast with Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green, Green Lake, Iowa and Rock Counties especially hard hit. Contractor crews have also been called in to support the restoration effort.
Crews quickly worked to restore power to customers. The continuing high winds, additional icing and falling trees and tree limbs continue to extend storm restoration efforts. In addition, blowing and drifting snow has made travel difficult for crews and some roads, especially in rural areas, are nearly impassable at this time.
"We appreciate our customers' patience in this situation," said Diane Schuler, Director of Energy Delivery Resources. "We understand how frustrating it can be to be without electric service for extended periods of time, and are committed to restoring all of our customers as quickly and safely as we can."