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High winds causing havoc for power companies, public safety

You can blame the high winds for keeping utility companies and emergency personnel busy over the last 24 hours. From 8 a.m. Monday to 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Door County Dispatch has taken calls for ten downed trees and multiple other traffic hazards. Washington Island, Jacksonport, and Egg Harbor’s fire departments all received fire calls during that time because trees fell on power lines.

 

At 9 a.m., Wisconsin Public Service reported over 560 customers without power, which was about 200 more than those that were experiencing outages earlier in the morning. According to WPS, power should be restored to most areas between 9:45 a.m. and noon. Sturgeon Bay Utilities Electric Utility Manager Jason Bieri announced just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday that broken poles and cables were to blame for Glidden Drive being closed off about 4,000 feet north of the Lily Bay boat launch. He expects the road to be closed until around 1 p.m. and advises people to use County Road T in Valmy to get around the closure.

 

In the City of Sturgeon Bay, a traffic light is operating in flashing mode at the southeast corner of Maple Street and Madison Avenue due to the high wind blowing it down. Until the repairs are made, you are advised to treat this like a four-way stop intersection.

The Washington Island Ferry Line has not been able to run any crossings since its 10 a.m. trip to the island on Monday. The ferry line plans to run its regular schedule on Wednesday and will run extra trips if needed.

 

Picture courtesy of Egg Harbor Fire Department

 

Video courtesy of Mary Blichmann

 

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