FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live & NewsDakota.com): UPDATE (8 p.m.): Officials with Otter Tail Power Company tell Valley News Live that the outages in the Stutsman County area have been taken care of and everyone should once again have power.
The outage was caused by a dump truck driver who clipped several power lines, cutting two completely. That crash is under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
Power has been restored to all customers at 5:20PM. Cause was a dig in by contractor.
An estimated 763 CCEC members from 13th to 17th Ave S and 45th to 52st are currently experiencing a power outage. The cause is unknown at this time. Crews have been contacted and dispatched and are working to restore power safely and as quickly as possible.
UPDATE (3 p.m.): We're now getting word from Cass County Electric that they have restored power for nearly 300 customers that lost it earlier, but nearly 600 remain in the dark.
Officials sent us an update saying they have determined that the outage was caused by a contractor digging in the area.
As for the outages in the Stutsman County area, authorities now say a dump truck caused widespread power outages Tuesday after striking power lines on Highway 52 near Jamestown.
Sergeant Tom Herzig with the North Dakota Highway Patrol reports that a dump truck was traveling southbound on a frontage road along Highway 52 from a gravel stockpile yard about a half-a-mile Northwest of Jamestown.
Driver Dale Laib, 58, of New Rockford failed to lower the dump box when leaving the yard. He struck four overhead power lines, severing two which came to rest across both the north and southbound lanes of Highway 52.
Both north and southbound traffic was diverted into a nearby frontage road. Highway 52 was shutdown for 3 and a half hours until the lines and a pole support brace were replaced.
The crash remains under investigation.
ORIGINAL STORY: Power outages are plaguing the region it seems Tuesday afternoon as high temps are forecast to be near 90.
Cass County Electric reports an estimated 885 customers between 13th Avenue and Main Avenue, and West of Sheyenne Street are without power. The agency says they’re not sure what’s causing the outage, and crews are out working to get power back on.
West Fargo Public Schools has told us that Westside Elementary School located at 945 7th Avenue West in West Fargo is also without power.
Officials say the outage occurred near the end of the school day.
No word on if the outage has affected any after school activities.
Further west toward the Jamestown, ND area, a truck hit a main transmission line for Otter Tail Power Company, causing a massive power outage.
“It created a domino effect,” said OTP Manager Jeff Hoff. “Once that went down, several other problems popped up. All of the power relied on the transmission line. We hoped to have it up by 1, but had some phases burn off so we’re working on those too.”
The outage there happened shortly before 12:30 Tuesday afternoon. The affected area included rural Gackle, Streeter, Eldridge, Windsor, Medina, Montpelier and others.
Drivers are urged to use extreme caution while traveling on Highway 281 as reroutes are in place while crews get to work on the outages.