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17,000 Xcel customers remain without power

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SIOUX FALLS – Xcel Energy crews continue to restore power to customers in Sioux Falls and other South Dakota communities hit by an ice storm that snapped trees, broke power poles and downed power lines.@

As of 9:00 Tuesday night, crews continue work to restore service to an estimated 17,475 customers who remain without power. Damage to the system is extensive and new outages continue to occur. Crews are working around-the-clock to restore service as quickly and safely as possible although some customers may not have their power back until midday Thursday.@@

You can see an outage map by following the link and clicking on the word "outages" on the red bar near the top. It will depict a map displaying the current outages and it will also show a current count of outages.

Xcel Energy crews from Minnesota and North Dakota and contractor crews from Iowa were headed to South Dakota today to help local Xcel Energy crews restore power. A workforce of 113 is in the field this evening. In addition, contractor crews from Green Bay, Wis., are expected to arrive Wednesday to assist with the effort.

Xcel Energy cautions customers to stay away from downed power lines and report their location at 1-800-895-4999. All downed power lines, even if they're not moving or sparking, are dangerous and should never be approached.@

To report an outage, or to receive outage information or restoration estimates, customers are asked to call Xcel Energy's outage line 1-800-895-1999.

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