By Paul Schmitt
The Washington Island Electric Cooperative is looking at getting two electrical cables to replace the repaired one that restored electricity to the island in late June after a two week outage. According to a communication sent out recently, Washington Island is working with the US Fish and Wildlife to gain permission to cross Plum Island. The cable route would be buried deep enough to avoid ice shoves, which damaged the currently repaired cable. A special permit is required by the Wisconsin Department of Resources as well as from the Corps of Engineers for the water crossing. Bob Cornell, manager of the Washington Island Electric Cooperative, explained the cost of getting the new cable replaced in an interview earlier this month.
The manufacturing company informed the cooperative that the two shorter cables of 8500 feet each could complete the route by the first week in November. While a single 20,000 foot cable route would not leave manufacturing until sometime in January. Late Friday afternoon, Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency in response to the June power loss, which may qualify Washington Island for additional resources.