The lights came back on for Turner and Hogeland residents Thursday afternoon, as crews from Big Flat Electric Cooperative and other co-ops re-energized a damaged line about 4 p.m., manager Jeanne Barnard said today.
Turner and Hogeland households had been without power since a storm took down 66 power lines north of Harlem on Saturday. Crews from Big Flat, Beartooth, Sun River, Glacier and Red Rock electric co-ops worked 60 feet in the air during 70 mph winds Thursday to finish the job, she said. Area residents used tractors to haul utility trucks through the mud.
"We threw everything we had at getting the power restored," Barnard said. "They kept at it until they got the power on."
A storm Thursday knocked out power to almost 300 Hill County Electric Co-op members in isolated areas, operations manager Rollie Miller said. Power was restored by 9 p.m.