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Utility crews still scrambling to restore power in Billings area

Just under 200 customers still dark
Posted at 4:18 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 20:21:59-04

BILLINGS — Power crews have spent Monday scrambling to get the lights back after a fierce hail storm knocked out power to thousands Sunday evening.

About 3,700 Yellowstone Valley Electric customers, mostly in the Huntley and Shepherd areas, were in the dark following the storm Sunday night. Brandon Wittman, of Yellowstone Valley Electric, told Q2 Monday that power had been restored to all but about 138 meters by 3 p.m. Monday.

Wittman says the storm caused significant damage to about a half dozen poles and knocked down about a mile of line between Huntley and Worden. Wittman says Yellowstone Valley Electric hopes to have everyone’s power restored soon.

At the height of Sunday’s storm, Northwestern Energy had about 1,500 customers without power in the Billings area, but that number has now been cut to fewer than 50 addresses. Northwestern Energy’s Jodee Black told Q2 Monday most outages were caused by tree branches falling onto lines in north-central Billings as well as the Heights.