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Power outage affecting some Central Montana communities

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Posted at 10:21 AM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 12:30:59-04

GREAT FALLS — Due to heavy wet snow and wind on Wednesday night and into Thursday, Fergus Electric Cooperative says that hundreds of people in Central Montana have been hit with widespread power outages.

The storm dropped between up to 12 inches of snow in some areas. Power outages were initially reported in the following areas: Heath, Ruby Gulch, Carters, Winifred, Hilger, Roy, Cottonwood Creek, Beaver Creek, Maiden, Geyser - (broken poles), and east of Judith Gap.

On Friday morning, Fergus Electric Cooperative said that line crews are on the job working to restore power to our members in the following areas:

  • North of Geyser - replace 10 broken poles
  • South of Moore
  • Heath – restored
  • Red Hill Road
  • Forest Grove
  • Beaver Creek – Farrin Hill Road area
  • Casino Creek
  • Brewington Road
  • East of Hilger
  • Judith Gap

The utility agency says that if you use a generator, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and take care.

They also remind people to stay clear of downed power lines and always assume they are energized. Call 406-538-3465 to report broken poles, broken wires, etc., so they can send a line crew to investigate and make any necessary repairs.

From the website:

  • Fergus Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a member-owned electric cooperative providing service in 14 central Montana counties: Blaine, Cascade, Choteau, Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Meagher, Musselshell, Petroleum, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Treasure, Wheatland and Yellowstone. Currently, Fergus Electric Cooperative provides electric service to approximately 3,885 members, has 6,498 meters and has over 3,940 miles of line. Fergus Electric Cooperative is one of 25 electric cooperatives in Montana and is headquartered in Lewistown with a satellite office in Roundup.