Posted: Mar 3, 2013 8:24 PM by MTN News
BILLINGS - Most NorthWestern Energy customers in the Billings area are enjoying Sunday evening with power once again, after Sunday's storm knocked down an estimated 12 power lines.
Crews worked to divert power from those lines, but problems still exist.
Since diverting power was top priority, repair for downed poles will begin at a later time.
Butch Larcombe, NorthWestern Energy spokesman, expected those still experiencing issues to have power by later Sunday night.
ORIGINAL POST: BILLINGS - We know, it's Montana weather, it can change in an instant. Montana weather flexed its muscles as the mixture of heavy wind and precipitation knocked out power, damaged lines, and left an estimated 2900 NorthWestern Energy customers in the Billings area without power.
According to Butch Larcombe, NorthWestern Energy spokesman, the downed power lines are scattered around billings. "We're at somewhat of a scramble to get crews out there to various places and assess the situation," said Lacombe.
He expected those without power may have to wait several hours, "[The timetable] can be unpredictable until they can size up the problems."
Other towns across the state received high wind and snow and experienced similar outages. NorthWestern says its fixed many of the issues.
Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative customer's also experienced power issues. The extent of those issues and how many customers are affected is unknown at this time.
We'll provide more updates when information becomes available.