Lights out for at least 200 Billings residents on Friday, about 100 still without power

2014-06-06T17:57:00Z 2014-06-09T14:14:08Z Lights out for at least 200 Billings residents on Friday, about 100 still without powerGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

There were two power outages reported in Billings on Friday, affecting at least 200 people.

While one has been fixed, the other may take several hours before power is restored, meanwhile leaving about a 100 people in the dark, a spokesman for NorthWestern Energy said. 

The first outage was reported in the area of Patriot Street and Constitution Avenue; the other, in the area of Johnson Lane South and is ongoing. 

According to Butch Larcombe, spokesman for Northwestern Energy, the outage near Patriot Street affected about 100 people, who went without power for about two hours. The outage was reported around 2 p.m. and fixed around 4 p.m.

Resident in the area of Johnson Lane South, however, are still in the dark. Larcombe said the outage occurred after a work crew damaged an underground electric line. 

Based on his experience with underground lines, Larcombe said it could be several hours before power is restored. 

The outage was reported around 4:30 p.m., and by Larcombe's estimates, it has affected about 100 people. 

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