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WPS Program Likely Reducing Number Of Outages: Spokesperson

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The ice storm Monday caused some power outages across the WPS service area, but crews were responded and the power was back on fairly quickly. That assessment from WPS spokesperson Matt Cullen... 

"..Our crews responded as safely and as quickly as possible to restore service to those customers that were impacted. Since 8:00 a.m. Monday our crews restored power to more than 6,000 customers in the Northwoods area that were impacted by the severe weather than moved through...."

Cullen says just one power line was reported down, but ice often interrups power by weighing down tree branches that fall on power lines. But Cullen says another aspect of a lower number of outages is an on-going project here in the Northwoods... 

"This really does show the benefit of the system modernization and reliability project in the Northwoods and other portions of our service area. It does eliminate the possiblity of tree limbs falling into overhead power lines or equipment by placing those faclities underground. It's caused a great improvement in reliability for our customers..."

Monday morning, about 1,500 customers were without power in the Crandon and Eagle River area, along with a downed power line on south of Rhinelander.

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