Here is why it will take weeks to restore power to many parts of the upper midwest following that freak spring blizzard. The heavy wet snow and high winds collapsed a number or power lines such as this one carrying electricity to power grids east of here. Crews from several states converged on the hardest hit regions of North Dakota and worked on the priority transmission lines. The height they worked is evident by that water windmill in the lower part of this photo on the right. Check out the relative size of the men in the bucket.
It was my good fortune to live just a few blocks inside a power service area that was not affected, even though this line is about 10 miles south of my home in Wilton.