Xcel says 11,000 tornado victims still without power

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Erica Williams
Fallen trees have downed power lines throughout the affected areas
The tornado that swept through north Minneapolis and the West Metro downed power lines and left more than 27,000 people without power yesterday, according to Xcel energy.

By this morning, that number had been reduced to 11,000 customers. Tom Hoen, an Xcel spokesman, said power should be restored to the majority of those by the end of today.

"One issue that we are seeing as we go forward is accessibility," Hoen said. "There's a lot of downed trees and debris, making access tougher."

Downed power lines and poles can make recovery efforts particularly difficult. To report outages or dangerous conditions, Xcel is asking people to call 1-800-895-4999.

As of this afternoon, Xcel's Trouble Department crews are working 16-hour shifts. There are 120 repair crews working the West Metro today, compared to the usual 34.

"We've called in everybody we can -- from the East Metro to St. Cloud," Hoen said. "If anyone isn't working right now, it's only because of the mandatory eight-hour rest period."

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Babu
Babu

Al Franken is speaking at the Shiloh Temple at 1201 W Broadway this Sunday. 

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Hey, where is Keith Ellison?Where is Al Franken?Where is Amy Klobuchar? Shouldn't they have visited the damage by now?

HmmmI'm willing to bet, if this were in Michele Bachman's district, Citypages would be running an article stating: "Michele Bachmann ignores her constituents at a time of need" Remember when Bush waited days before visiting the damage of hurricane Katrina?

In the spirit of the partisan democrat - "They must not care!"

Edit:My bad.I found a article and a photo of them there. Funny how CP didn't publish anything on their visit. (no text to search within CP)Still no Franken though. House Speaker Kurt Zellers was also there.Sending out the "Mark Dayton Soup Truck" to pass out food in that area.

Ian
Ian

RT Rybak was at 37th and Fremont talking to us half an hour after the tornado came through. Ellison lives in the neighborhood. Klobuchar came Monday morning with Mark Dayton, Ellison, Rybak to see the damage. I'd say their response was pretty good as a resident of North Mpls that was affected by the tornado.

Much better than Pawlenty who seems to have forgotten where he came from.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

My bad.I found a article and a photo of them there.  Funny how CP didn't publish anything on this visit by A.K and K.E.

House Speaker Kurt Zellers was also there.

Sending out the "Mark Dayton Soup Truck" to pass out food in that area.

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