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Electric Crew Assists Stoughton Utilities in Restoring Power

Waupun Utilities sent three linemen to lend a hand in restoring power to over 2,500 customers affected by tornadoes in the Stoughton area.

Three linemen from the utilities left at 4 a.m. on Friday, August 19, to assist Stoughton Utilities after tornadoes devastated the area on Thursday evening. The main objective was to restore power to approximately 2,500 customers of Stoughton Utilities. The Stoughton service territory includes outlying rural area, where the brunt of the damage occurred.

Waupun Utilities’ linemen encountered debris and chaos as they worked steadily in the first 36 hours to restore power. Crews from ten utilities were on hand to assist Stoughton Utilities restore electric service. Clean up crews and homeowners were not allowed into the area until mid-day Saturday.

Lineman Steve Brooks was amazed at the overall destruction and astounded that there were not more injuries or deaths. Residents showed their gratitude and appreciation to the volunteers with tears and cheers of thanks.

Waupun’s crew worked 15 hour days, mainly working on replacing poles and installing wire through the rural area, before returning home Wednesday afternoon. They set approximately 30 replacement poles, and strung miles of wire. The working conditions included hot and humid weather, which added to the intensity of the long shifts.

A sense of satisfaction from being able to help another area recover from devastation gave the work in the Stoughton area a feeling of unity. Waupun received help from surrounding communities following the tornado in June 2004, and now it was our turn to provide another community with much needed assistance.

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Utility trucks lined the streets in their efforts to rebuild electric lines that were stretched, broken or totally gone from the August 18 tornadoes in Stoughton.

Energy plays a vital role in our lives, but unfortunately, not everyone can afford to pay for it. As temperatures start to drop, we encourage our income-qualified customers to apply for energy assistance. The following programs are available:

Bill Payment Assistance

You could receive a financial grant to help pay your heating and electric bills. The amount you receive depends on your family’s size, income and the amount of your utility bills. Payment is made directly to your utility.

Weatherization Assistance

The State of Wisconsin provides free weatherization services to reduce household energy costs and to save energy. If you are eligible, an energy auditor will inspect your home to determine what can be done to make it more energy efficient. The measures vary depending on your home’s age and condition. Some common measures include insulation, furnace, air conditioner, water heater or window installation.

You may qualify for these services if your gross household income falls within the following guidelines:

Family Size3-Month Income

For each additional person add: $1,222.50

To apply, contact the following: Dodge County at 887-7925, or Fond du Lac County at 929-3445. Information is also available at Home Energy Plus about income guidelines. When applying, you will need to provide information on household income and heating costs. Special assistance is available to those who are unable to apply in person.