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Issues remain after power outage in Sanborn

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Two weeks after a storm, a couple dozen people in North Dakota are still dealing with the damage.

While you wouldn't notice from the outside, there's thousands of dollars of damage on the inside of homes in Sanborn, North Dakota.

The electrical storm rolled in on October fourth, causing lights to flicker, crackle, and eventually go out. A transformer was sparking and caught fire. It has now been replaced, but some homeowners believe that surge caused a lot of damage to their electronics.

"I had to buy two new TVs. The one was a year and three months old, and it won't even turn on," says Sanborn resident Jack Wendel.

Pete Shuck of Sanborn says Otter Tail Power Company told him they are not going to pay for the damage.

"If I feel it's someone else's fault, I don't want to pay money out of my pocket, when I feel it's someone else's responsibility," Shuck says. He says the power company encouraged him to check his homeowner policy.

Some people in Sanborn left with damaged items have started a petition to get some sort of reimbursement. Valley News Live reached out to Otter Tail Power Company, and they say they are generally not liable for damage and added, people need to protect their electronics. As far as this specific case, they said they need some more time to look into it.

If you live in Sanborn, have damages, and want to sign the petition, it's at the post office. 

This is a good reminder to check your insurance company to see what they might cover in a similar situation. Also, don't forget to protect your electronics by putting in surge protectors and making sure your wiring is up to date.

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