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Power outage in Great Falls affecting nearly 700

Posted at 8:29 PM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-23 02:04:10-04
The NorthWestern Energy outage map webpage pinpoints a power outage in the Electric City on Friday night.


(UPDATE, 10:30 a.m., June 22)

As of Saturday morning, the power outage along 26th Street South and 16th Avenue South in Great Falls has been repaired, an official with NorthWestern Energy confirmed to MTN News. The outage is no longer listed on the NorthWestern Energy outage map webpage.


(1st report)

GREAT FALLS — A Friday night power outage in Great Falls along 26th Street South and 16th Avenue South is affecting nearly 700 NorthWestern Energy customers.

According to a social media post from NorthWestern Energy on Friday at 7:41 p.m., 689 customers have lost power as a result of the outage.

“We are aware of an outage affecting 689 customers in the [a]rea of Great Falls,” NorthWestern wrote on Twitter and Facebook. “Thank you for your patience.”

Initial reports around 7:20 p.m. suggested the outage was caused by a transformer catching fire. Some traffic lights on 10th Avenue South were affected, reportedly causing confusion among drivers.

The area pinpointed on NorthWestern Energy’s outage map webpage shows the outage is located in the vicinity near Great Falls Central Catholic High School and the Portage Apartments.

The estimated repair time, as detailed on NorthWestern Energy’s website, is 10:30 p.m. That time frame does not represent a hard deadline.

This is a developing story, and MTN News will provide updated information as it becomes available.

We are aware of an outage affecting 689 customers in the erea of Great Falls. Thank you for your patience. ^HAF

Posted by NorthWestern Energy on Friday, June 21, 2019