MISSOULA – A large, flatbed truck reportedly caused a widespread power outage when it hooked a power line that was across Queen Street in Missoula.
Nobody was hurt at this scene. Northwestern Energy is on the scene. Missoula police also have the area blocked off for safety.
Power is coming on slowly across the affected areas, and drivers are urged to be careful if they come upon an intersection that does not have functioning traffic lights.
The outages have also affected Missoula County Public Schools, who issued a statement to parents who may have students in affected classes:
As of 1:30 p.m., all phones and Internet went down for all MCPS schools. There are some sporadic instances where phones are working on and off at certain schools. This is connected to a power outage currently being reported by NorthWestern Energy at a power pole in the Pattee Canyon Area. We may not have phones back up before the end of the school day.
Each school has access to cell phone communication in the event of an emergency. We are also able to communicate within our school district to each school.
All of our security systems and fire alarm systems are currently working and school will continue on a normal schedule.
If you have an emergency need and must be in contact with a school, please call this number: 406-552-8124. Our district receptionist will relay that message directly to the school.
This is a developing story.
Story by Jill Valley, MTN News