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Officials respond to multiple downed power lines

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison firefighters have responded to multiple reports of downed power lines because of the heavy snowfall in the area.

The Madison Fire Department says it has responded to more than 37 calls as of 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Officials say crews have worked to maintain safe areas around any live power lines that may pose a hazard to residents.

Authorities say that if you see wires down, assume they are energized, stay clear of them, and notify your utility company.

If it is safe to do so, officials say you can clear tree limbs that may be heavily loaded with snow to prevent them from breaking and causing further damage. However, they say you should not attempt to remove a tree limb or other object from a power line. They say electricity can travel through limbs, especially when they are wet.

If a broken power line should fall on your vehicle, authorities say you should stay inside the vehicle and use your cell phone to call for help.

If someone makes contact with a downed power line, don't try to rescue them because you risk becoming a victim yourself. Call 911 for help.

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