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June 11 storm outage recap

High winds and lightning caused hundreds of power outages on East Central Energy’s (ECE) system Sunday, June 11.

Outage reports started coming in around 7:30 a.m. and continued for the next few hours as strong thunderstorms moved from west to east across our system.

More than 925 members were without power during the storm. Most of the outages occurred in Chisago and Isanti counties, but members in Benton, Mille Lacs, Sherburne, Pine and Kanabec counties also experienced outages.

Crews had restored power to most members by 2:30 p.m. They continued to address individual outages until 11:30 p.m.

The following tips will help you stay safe in the aftermath of a summer storm:

  • Call ECE immediately, 1-800-254-7944, if you have a power outage.
  • Downed power lines, stray wires, and debris in contact with the lines all have the potential to deliver a fatal shock. Stay away, and instruct others to do the same. Call ECE to report the downed line.
  • If you are driving and come across a downed power line, stay away and warn others to stay away. Call 911 first and then ECE to address the downed power line. If your vehicle is touching a downed power line, do not leave the car. Wait for utility and emergency professionals to make sure the power line is de-energized before exiting the vehicle.
  • During a summer power outage, keep refrigerator or freezer doors closed to keep food at safe temperatures for as long as possible. Perishables can be packed in a cooler with ice to help them stay cold longer. For more details on safe food temperatures, visit or checkout Food Safety During a Power Outage video.
  • Use safe alternative food preparations. A barbecue grill is an excellent way to prepare food. Always grill outside to avoid harmful carbon monoxide fumes.


We encourage members to download our free SmartHub app on your phone or mobile device to quickly report your power outage. You can also track the power restoration process on our outage map.

Restoring Your Power video is available on YouTube.

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