Heavy, wet snow breaks tree limbs, knocks out power
The heavy, wet snow that fell Monday night and into Tuesday morning is being blamed for a power outage that affected a large area north of Hudson during the night.
The snow toppled a tree or trees that fell across a main three-phase power line, according to Rob Dooley, line superintendent for St. Croix Electric Cooperative.
The area affected ran from roughly County Road A and Daily Road to the St. Croix River, and from River Road in the north to Krattley Lane in North Hudson. Most of the blacked out area was in the town of Hudson, but North Hudson residents on the north side of Krattley also were affected.
The North Hudson residences served by St. Croix Electric were without power from about 1:35 a.m. to 6:35 a.m.
Dooley said he thought everyone in area of the outage was without power for about five hours.
Some Xcel Energy customers in the city of Hudson also experienced outages. Those outages lasted later into Tuesday morning.
Liz Wolfgreen, a spokesperson for Xcel Energy, said 63 customers in the area of Fifth, Sixth and St. Croix streets lost power, and about another 30 customers scattered about the community also were affected.
Repair crews were enroute to restore power to the city residents, Wolfgreen told the Star-Observer at about 9 a.m. Tuesday. She said Xcel crews had been busy through western Wisconsin responding to outages, most of which affected more customers than those who lost power in the Hudson area.
Heavy snow weighing down and breaking tree limbs was the suspected cause of the great majority of the outages.
Dooley said St. Croix Electric also had widespread outages in St. Croix County, but most affected only one or two customers. At about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, St. Croix Electric crews were working on smaller outages at Houlton, near River Falls and south of Baldwin.