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Published May 24, 2011, 01:24 PM

Xcel still working to restore power in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy says some parts of tornado-damaged north Minneapolis have lost the entire power infrastructure, and it'll take some time to get it restored.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy says some parts of tornado-damaged north Minneapolis have lost the entire power infrastructure, and it'll take some time to get it restored.

Xcel Energy spokesman Steve Roalstad says there are areas where the utility needs to rebuild the infrastructure from the ground up. And even once power is restored, he estimates about 20 percent of homes can't accept electricity at this time.

Roalstad says homeowners may need to call electricians to fix broken masts on homes.

About 7,000 customers remained without power Tuesday, mainly in north Minneapolis and the western suburbs where there is substantial damage to the electrical system.

Xcel says it has 400 employees working to repair damage. It hopes to have power back to those homes that can accept it by Thursday.

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