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Published January 25, 2010, 12:51 PM

Workers added to storm effort

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — More crews were being called in Monday to help restore electricity to thousands of rural electric customers in South Dakota.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — More crews were being called in Monday to help restore electricity to thousands of rural electric customers in South Dakota.

Ed Anderson with the South Dakota Rural Electric Association said another 600 workers would be available from private contractors and cooperatives in the state and neighboring states.

He said 7,800 customers were without power after a weekend ice storm. Anderson estimated that 5,700 utility poles are down. Anderson said poor weather on Sunday hampered the job of setting poles and stringing wire.

In North Dakota, where more than 2,500 people were without electricity, Gov. John Hoeven on Monday waived service hour restrictions for commercial truck drivers delivering supplies to rural electric co-ops.

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