Heavy rain knocks out power

BROOKINGS – The heavy rains on Monday caused a power outage in the southern part of Brookings for about an hour, according to Russ Halgerson, department manager at Brookings Municipal Utilities.

“When the heavy rain started about 12:45 p.m., we had a piece of equipment fail in our Prairie Substation. It would have affected about everyone from Eighth Street South and south,” Halgerson said. 

He figured the high school and all residential units were affected, but the Brookings mall was not.

Power was restored by 1:45 p.m., he said.

“We’re still evaluating the damage, but we’ve back-fed everyone from different sources because we wanted to get everyone back on as soon as we could. We’re still evaluating the extent of the damage,” Halgerson said.

The rains stopped work on the road through Pioneer Park about 2:30 p.m., but “they’re still making good progress on it,” Halgerson said of the crew.

“The Pioneer Park road … is still slated to be done by the end of the week of June 22,” he confirmed. 

There will also be a substation near the road, but that’s on a whole different timeline.

“It’ll be into next year. It’ll be 2019,” he said. “It takes about a year to build.”

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