Sioux Center Municipal Utilities received a national commendation from the American Public Power Association for its support in electric power restoration efforts in Sibley following an April winter storm.
Over the days of April 11-14, Sioux Center Municipal Utilities (SCMU) sent five utility staff members and two trucks to assist Sibley Municipal Utilities. Sibley and its service area suffered widespread outages after the winter storm pummeled the area with ice and high winds.
Sioux Center’s crew worked with Sibley Municipal Utilities and nine other area municipal crews to repair close to 4 miles of transmission line. They straightened and reset some of the utility’s 45 downed power line poles and salvaged damaged power line. By that Saturday, they were able to help restore power along the line that Sibley uses to supply nearby Bigelow, Minn., with power.
SCMU is part of the American Public Power Association’s Mutual Aid Network, which coordinates with utilities and authorities to help during widespread power outages like this one.
“When things like this happen, we see two things,” said Sioux Center Utility Manager Murray Hulstein. “First, we see our crew ready to help, right away. Second, we see the value of mutual aid with our fellow community-owned utilities, and we know they’d be here if our customers ever needed their help.”