Manitowoc Public Utilities (MPU) crews worked through the night clearing trees from power lines and customer service drops, replacing poles and transformers, and rebuilding the electric distribution system throughout multiple locations in the City. Initial assessments estimate that there are approximately 200 unique locations of damaged utility infrastructure causing outages.
Crews continue restoration efforts today along with support from Kiel, Plymouth and Menasha Utilities through the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW) Mutual Aid Program. Also supporting the efforts are crews from Asplundh. Crews are prioritizing each outage and estimate that all customers should be back in power within 24 hours.
Numerous homeowners have had their electric service entrance equipment torn off their house by falling trees, and will need the assistance of private electrical contractors to make repairs. MPU continues to ask residents exercise extreme caution when venturing out, and be watchful of downed power lines, or branches hanging on wires. Never attempt to remove branches from power lines, and stay away from any downed wires.
Residents can report problems to MPU by calling 920-683-4622. Thank you for your patience as crews worked safely to restore power. We are so grateful for the multiple other agencies that have responded and for Two Rivers Utilities for providing mutual aid yesterday evening!