After Saturday's storm, many still remained without power in various regions of western and central North Dakota into Sunday.
About 170 Verendrye Electric members remained without power Sunday afternoon; power was restored to all but 50 by Sunday evening. Crews expected to restore power to most customers before dark.
More than 270 Verendrye customers were without power early Sunday morning. Most outages occured in the areas around Berthold, Carpio, Des Lacs and Foxholm. The repair crews' progress was slowed at times due to muddy conditions and continued high winds.
Tom Rafferty, community relations manager for Verendrye, said most of the damage occurred because of wires being pulled off insulators, and twisted and broken cross arms. As of Sunday, Verendrye was aware of four broken poles.
Today, after all Verendrye members have power restored, Verendrye crews will be sent to Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Columbus, to help with outage repairs.
The Williston area, the hardest hit in the power outages, was still without power on Sunday.
Mercy Medical Center in Williston helped out the community Sunday by serving hot dogs and chips at no charge in a drive-through senario. Community members could use the east entrance and were served carside.
"We did this to be able to serve people who may not have warm food at home. Since the power's been out for more than 24 hours, and there's really no place to go to purchase food, we decided to offer it. Albertson's donated the food," Leslie Sullivan, marketing manager for Mercy Medical Center, said.
The hospital continued with its usual operations, running on emergency power. All of the clinics at Mercy Medical Center will be closed today, even if power is restored. Patients who have an emergent need should report to Mercy Medical Center's Emergency Room for assistance.
"If the outage continues into tomorrow (Monday), we wouldn't be able to accommodate patients in our clinics and make sure that all of our staff can come into work. We will still have ER service for anybody with critical needs," Sullivan said.
Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative reported that all crews and contractors were mobilized and dispatched and would be working until dark Sunday to repair the damage.
Montana-Dakota Utilities reported that surveys conducted along transmission lines found extensive damage in some areas with numerous power poles down, cross arms broken and other equipment damage. At the height of the storm, 16,000 customers were without power. That number was down to 10,000 as of Sunday evening.