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Utility crews working overtime after storms

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Utility crews have been busy the past few days, with storms knocking out power across the region.

A spokesman for Madison Gas and Electric says all power should be restored by midnight, that's of course after a marathon of repairs over the last couple of days.

After Wednesday morning's storms about 8000 MG&E customers were in the dark.

“When you combined the two days that we've had, it's pretty big,” said MG&E spokesman Steve Schultz. “The last big outage event we had was back in December of 2012.”

Some of the outages could be easily fixed, but there were seven or eight power poles damaged, which take longer to repair. Tom McMahan lives close to one of the downed poles near Warner Park and spent Wednesday without power.

“I ran errands and doing those things you don't need electricity for but there aren't many things you can do without some sort of electricity,” McMahan said.

Crews have been working around the clock, doing 16 hour shifts. The power companies can also call in mutual aid.

“In wisconsin it's the Wisconsin Utility Association group that we have this mutual assistance with,” Schultz said. “Unfortunately a lot of the utilities in the area here were all in the same boat, these last two days, so we knew that the storms weren't as severe further up north in Wisconsin so we called up there.”

About seven mutual aid crews joined MG&E, boosting them up to 21 crews total. And McMahan says making it through the two days of storms and only losing power, isn't so bad.

“I know there's a lot of downed trees and a lot of damage to some of the trees in the neighborhood but we lucked out,” McMahan said.

MG&E does still have crews on standby in case more severe weather causes outages. Schultz says people should also be prepared by making sure they have flashlights, batteries, water and snacks ready, just in case.

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