More than 10,000 Dakota Electric Association members were out of power due to the heavy wet snow that blanketed the Twin Cities area from Friday night into Saturday. Dakota Electric dispatched all available crews as the outages began rolling in Saturday morning.
The restoration process meant clearing trees that had collapsed and fallen on power lines, spokesperson Joe Miller said. In some instances, new poles had to be set as well.
By Saturday night, fewer than 2,000 members were without power. Work continued through the night and into Sunday with power restored to the last members by 5 p.m. Sunday. The hardest hit areas were Apple Valley, Eagan, Lakeville, Inver Grove and Burnsville, although outages were reported in many other cities and townships as well.
-- compiled by Mike Longaecker, staff writer