It was lights out for roughly 2,000 people in southwest North Dakota for a little more than an hour. Communities of Haynes, Hettinger, Reeder, Bucyrus, Scranton, and Lemmon, S.D. lost power at 8:15 p.m., according to Montana-Dakota Utilities spokesman Mark Hanson.
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Hanson said things went dark until 9:20 p.m., when crews were able to restore power to the residents of the six communities.
This issue, Hanson said, derived from a problem at a substation near Hettinger. This particular substation had a transmission line that was from this substation that fed into all of the affected towns.
Power was restored as the problem was fixed, and not on back up.
“It’s all up and running,” Hanson said.
Hanson said a specific cause has not been determined. He did say that it could be something as simple as a breaker in a home going off. He said wind could also be a factor—wind speeds were elevated that evening— but still couldn’t say for sure. Hanson had sent an email to local workers, inquiring as to what the cause may have been. At the time of the interview Hanson had not yet received a response.
In the event of an outage, Hanson said residents should call in and report the problem. If the problem has already been reported, callers will simply hear an outgoing message that states that MDU has been informed of the issue.
For larger, and longer outages, MDU will post information on social media. Customers—who are on social media—are encouraged to like their Facebook page.