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RPU warns customers of dangers associated with storm clean up

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) is warning customers and cleanup crews about the electrical dangers associated with storm clean up.

The overnight storms caused a large amount of damage to trees in the community, which proved to be the cause of many of the power outages. Hazards such as down power lines, energized tree branches or poles may exist in, or under the debris. Use extreme caution when uncovering and picking up debris. Additionally, when entering a cleanup area, wear safety equipment including a hard hat and safety gloves. Always survey the area before entering it, including the overhead area for hanging tree limbs on power lines.

If customers or cleanup crews have any concerns or questions about a cleanup area, do not enter the area and contact RPU immediately at 507-280-1500.


About Rochester Public Utilities


As the municipal utility of Rochester, Minn., for more than 110 years, RPU provides high-quality and reliable electricity to over 47,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 36,000.  RPU continually investigates innovative technologies to help customers realize the best value from the services they receive.  Current initiatives include fuel cell research, wind power, and photovoltaic offerings.



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