East River Electric Power Cooperative Restores Power to 22 Substations, 5 Substations Still Without Power

East River Electric Power Cooperative Restores Power to 22 Substations, 5 Substations Still Without Power

As of 5 p.m. on April 11, East River Electric Power Cooperative has restored power to 22 substations that lost power due to the April blizzard. East River still has 5 substations without power. Those substations are located near Humboldt, Trent, Wentworth and Corsica. Crews hope to restore power to the Humboldt substation yet this evening, pending weather conditions. Due to extensive damages and poor conditions, the substations near Trent and Wentworth will remain without power overnight. The substation near Corsica in Douglas County will also remain offline overnight but crews were able to reroute power from that substation to another source. The cooperative’s substation near Alcester lost power shortly before 5 p.m. on April 11 and crews are mobilizing to assess the cause.

Along with the substation outages, there are downed powerlines on parts of the transmission system and crews are currently working to repair those structures. Consumers in the affected areas could see outages into Friday.

East River Electric is the wholesale power provider to 24 distribution electric cooperatives and one municipal electric system in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota.

To view a map of outages affecting rural electric cooperatives in South Dakota, please visit the South Dakota Rural Electric Association’s online outage map: https://outages.sdrea.coop/outages/maps

East River Electric Power Cooperative Experiencing Power Outages due to April Blizzard

East River Electric Power Cooperative Experiencing Power Outages due to April Blizzard

The combination of ice, snow and wind due to the April blizzard is affecting the transmission system of East River Electric Power Cooperative. East River Electric is the wholesale power provider to 24 distribution electric cooperatives and one municipal electric system in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota.

As of 8 a.m. on April 11, East River Electric has 27 substations without power. Most of the affected substations are located in Miner, Lake, Moody and Minnehaha counties. Clay, Lincoln, Union and Yankton counties in southeastern South Dakota are also experiencing outages due to the storm. The cooperative’s crews have mobilized to assess damages and start repairs where possible. Power to some of the affected substations has been rerouted to other sources. There are downed powerlines on parts of the transmission system but because of poor visibility and travel conditions crews have not been able to reach all areas to assess the full extent of the damage and make needed repairs. Consumers could see outages throughout the day today and possibly into Friday.

To view a map of outages affecting rural electric cooperatives in South Dakota, please visit the South Dakota Rural Electric Association’s online outage map: https://outages.sdrea.coop/outages/maps

East River Electric’s 55th Annual Mountain Oyster Feed a Success

East River Electric’s 55th Annual Mountain Oyster Feed a Success

East River Electric’s 55th annual Mountain Oyster Feed was a success, raising $25,000 for LifeScape, an organization which promotes independence for over 2,500 children and adults with disabilities throughout South Dakota. The event was held at Nicky’s Restaurant in Madison on March 20 and was attended by 345 people.

East River’s Annual Mountain Oyster Feed has helped provide for the very best in medical care, therapy, education and other services for the children at LifeScape. Several local children and people from around the region are served by LifeScape.

“The charity event was very successful and a direct tribute to our employees fulfilling our Touchstone Energy Cooperatives principle of Commitment to Community,” said East River General Manager Tom Boyko. “I want to thank our employee committee who really stepped up and organized the event. Thanks also to everyone who helped prepare, serve, clean-up and attended the event.”

The East River Employees Committee donated $1,000, a total matched by East River Electric at $1,000. CoBank also contributed $2,000 to the event this year. In the 55 years since the East River fundraiser began, $275,000 has been raised to help LifeScape provide services to children and adults in rural South Dakota.

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