Power has been restored to more than 1,300 UPPCO customers in northern Houghton and southern Keweenaw Counties.
UPPCO personnel were able to reach a broken power pole crossarm in rural Houghton County by snowmobile to fix the problem. Power was initially lost around 3:00 a.m., but officials from UPPCO and Houghton County Emergency Management have confirmed that it is back on.
If you are still experiencing an outage, you can contact UPPCO by phone at 800-562-7809 or online here.
More than 1,300 UPPCO customers are without power in the Keweenaw Peninsula due to a broken power pole crossarm in rural Houghton County. The site of the problem is so remote that UPPCO personnel are being forced to use snowmobiles to reach it safely.
Residents living north of Calumet initially lost power Tuesday around 9:45 p.m. That outage was a result of a tree that had fallen across power lines in the area. Power was restored in close to 1,700 homes a few hours later, just before 2:00 a.m.
A second outage, which UPPCO is in the midst of dealing with, occurred shortly after 3:00 a.m. UPPCO officials expect to restore power for customers living south of Ahmeek within the next few hours pending any unforeseen circumstances. UPPCO hopes to have the remaining homes’ power restored by mid-afternoon.
There is already a warming center set up at the Hancock Salvation Army on the corner of Quincy and Ravine Streets with 20 cots and blankets courtesy of the American Red Cross. Houghton County Emergency Management is working with local law enforcement to move a generator into Allouez Township Hall, which will also serve as warming center. Officials hope to have that location up and running within the next few hours.
You can monitor UPPCO’s progress online here. ABC 10 will continue to provide updates on the situation as they become available.