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Associated Press, Published April 04 2010

Thousands without power in ND days after storm

BISMARCK – Thousands of North Dakotan residents were without power Sunday after a storm brought down miles of transmission lines, and utility officials say it could be a week or more before service is restored.

State officials estimated 8,400 customers lost power at some point during the storm that buffeted the region Thursday and Friday.

Some utilities continue to work to repair lines and poles.

The Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative, which serves Morton, Grant and Sioux counties, estimated it still had 2,000 customers without power. Additional repair crews were expected to arrive Monday, but the utility said it could be a week or longer before all service is restored.

Bismarck-based Capital Electric Cooperative lost 300 to 400 power poles in the storm. The utility said 600 customers could be without power for up to two weeks.