We’re all watching anxiously for the spring thaw – some with happy expectation – some with worry. Flooding is going to be an issue throughout the state. Excel Energy published some nice advice to help in case you end up under water.
- Water and electricity don’t mix so before water enters your home, turn off your main electric circuit breaker. Never stand in water to do this.
- If you evacuate your home due to flooding, it is important to have the electricity and/or natural gas supply disconnected. To request emergency disconnection please call 1-800-895-4999. Please give us as much notice as possible to complete the disconnection.
- Before you leave, turn off all breakers and unplug all appliances and equipment, if this can be done safely. This will help avoid overloading circuits and fire hazards when the power is restored.
- Call a heating contractor and/or electrician to check any appliances or equipment that were affected during the flood and never attempt to turn the electric or natural gas back on at the meter yourself.
- Xcel Energy will require a proof of inspection before reconnecting electric or natural gas service. After the inspection is completed, contact Xcel Energy’s Builders Call Line at 1-800-628-2121 to restore service.
- Plug your undamaged appliances and equipment back in and turn on breakers one at a time when conditions return to normal.
Submitted by Minnesota Realtor Mary Rugani.