Gov. Jack Dalrymple yesterday issued an executive order declaring a winter storm emergency as a result of last weekend’s storm that struck western and central North Dakota. Dalrymple also waived service hours and weight restrictions for commercial truck drivers assisting in the recovery efforts. The hours of service waiver is effective until 11:59 p.m. on May 31, 2011, or for the duration of the emergency. All road safety and vehicle compliance regulations still apply and will be fully enforced.
The Governor issued the service hours and weight restrictions waiver to help carriers delivering supplies to rural electric cooperative and public utility crews in western North Dakota. At least 1,500 power line poles and more than 60 transmission towers remain down across the region. Companies carrying supplies to repair downed electrical lines are working around the clock to provide crews with vital products to help restore power.
This past weekend’s storm downed hundreds of electrical poles and cut power to 30,000 customers in western North Dakota. Power was restored to a majority of Williston customers Monday, and as of yesterday, has been restored to much of the region. Power companies will continue to work through the coming days to restore power to all customers.
Dalrymple was in Williston yesterday to meet with area emergency managers, representatives from Montana-Dakota Utilities Company and local rural electric cooperatives, city officials and legislators to discuss the extent of the damage and the need for assistance. Dalrymple indicated that the state will be dispatching teams to the region to begin assessing damages and compiling data in preparation for the state’s request for a presidential disaster declaration.
Source: From the office of Governor Dalrymple