ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) – Utility companies in Freeborn County say some residents might not get their power back until Sunday or Monday.
That reality prompted the opening of three shelters for affected residents. They are:
- Clarks Grove Fire Hall, 101 Independence Ave N, Clarks Grove, MN
- Alden Community Center, 502 W. Street, Alden, MN
- Albert Lea Armory, 410 Prospect Ave, Albert Lea, MN
The sheriff’s office says there were about 300 power lines down across the county Thursday, and at least 30 extra utility crew members deployed to help get them all repaired.
“Right now we want to find where they are at and staff them so that someone doesn’t drive across them and if they hit a live line,” said Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag. “I’m not an electricity guy but it could be pretty ugly is you hit one of those line with your vehicle or if you’re out walking.”
Sheriff Freitag says his team learned a lot from having to deal with that bitter blizzard back in February.