Storm Emergency Info

Update 3: Most power back on

UPDATE: UPDATE:: RPU Working to Restore Power – Call (507) 280-9191 to Report Outages/Tree on Wires
Issued By:  Rochester Emergency Management Division Issued On:  5/3/13 11:36 AM Affected Jurisdictions:  Olmsted County
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As of 11:00 am, Rochester Public Utilities is currently responding to 2500 1400 500 120 customers who are still without power.  Most of these are individual customers. Crews are still working on restorations.  At the peak, over 12,000 were without power.  Crews are still repairing downed lines and restoring service.  To report a power outage, call (507) 280-9191.
Your safety is important. Never touch a downed power line.  If a tree or branch fell on a power line, contact RPU Electrical Outage Center at (507) 280-9191
This report is current as of 11:00 am .
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Update 2:  Where to bring those trees and branches.

TREE DEBRIS – HOW TO HANDLE; WHERE TO TAKE LIMBS
Issued By:  Rochester Emergency Management Division Issued On:  5/3/13 12:31 PM Affected Jurisdictions:  Olmsted County
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May 3, 2013
The record heavy snow (“https://www.crh.noaa.gov/arx/?n=may0213“)  that fell on Rochester impacted trees throughout the city. Work on fallen trees continues in the days and weeks ahead.  While some tree debris is the responsibility of the city, other tree debris removal falls upon individual owner.  How can you tell the difference?
Public trees are along the curb in the public right-of-way, in a boulevard, or in park land.  Private trees are in yards (behind the sidewalk), or other “non-public” sites.  Homeowners often handle their own tree debris.  If help is needed, be sure to contact a licensed tree professional (see Parks website for a list (“https://www.rochestermn.gov/departments/park/forestry/index.asp“) ).
Homeowners who handle their own tree debris are responsible for removal.  Here are two locations that will accept woody/vegetative debris from the May 2 Historic Winter Storm:
Hathaway Tree Service, 2555 50th Avenue NW, Rochester.
Logan’s Tree Service, 4026 70th Avenue NW, Byron
Park and Recreation Forestry crews will be working for several days and weeks on the removal of downed limbs.  The priority for downed tree and limb removal is:
Trees or branches in roadways   Public trees that block driveways   Trees or branches over sidewalks   Other tree debris locations
If a public tree is down in the City of Rochester, call Parks and Recreation Department at (507) 328-2525.  Safety factors to consider:
Use a tree professional licensed in Rochester   Wear eye and hand protection   Use hearing protection   Beware of partial tree limbs, or trees under stress – a wrong cut can bring a tree branch down and cause injuries or death.  If in doubt, hire a licensed tree professional – don’t take a chance
If a tree is contacting a power line, report to Rochester Public Utilities at  (507) 280-9191  Never take a chance with a tree on a wire – consider it to be charged with electricity and call RPU to handle.
For more information, contact Ken Jones, City of Rochester, Deputy Emergency Management Director at 507-328-2824 or kjones@rochestermn.gov.   ###

Update #1:

RPU Working to Restore Power – Status Report
Issued By:  Rochester Emergency Management Division Issued On:  5/2/13 3:26 PM Affected Jurisdictions:  Olmsted County
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Rochester Public Utilities is currently responding to 2500 customers who are still without power.  Crews are still working on restorations.  Earlier, more than 12,000 were without power. RPU is planning to have crews out working overnight to restore power.  Recovery operations will continue until all power is restored.  To report a power outage, call (507) 280-9191.
Please be patient, as crews are working hard to restore power.  While much has been accomplished, remaining power outage issues will be addressed as soon as possible.
Your safety is important. Never touch a downed power line.  If a tree or branch fell on a power line, contact Rochester Olmsted Non-emergency Dispatch at (507) 328-6800.

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Emergency Operations for City Agencies
Issued By:  Rochester Emergency Management Division Issued On:  5/2/13 10:29 AM Affected Jurisdictions:  Olmsted County
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At 10:00 am, all City of Rochester agencies report higher than normal operations due to the heavy snowfall.  Parks Department Forestry crews are busy clearing fallen trees from roadways.  Public Works is performing normal snow removal.  Police Dept. is responding to cars stuck in roadways, medical calls, and other assistance.  Fire Dept. retained higher staffing at shift change, and is responding to wires down, medical calls, and other assistance.
All city departments are responding to priority calls first, and will take care of other issues when free to respond.
If you need medical assistance, call 911
For wires down, call non-emergency (507) 328-6800
For fallen trees, call Parks at (507) 328-2525

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