Power outages in White Earth, Glyndon
WHITE EARTH -- Residents in White Earth Village were left without power for several hours in subzero temperatures Tuesday morning after a main power line blew, according to the tribal public relations office.
Heavy plastic sheeting covering one side of a new community center that is under construction was apparently moved by strong winds and wrapped around a main power line, causing a small explosion and loss of power to residences and tribal government buildings, including tribal headquarters. The incident was witnessed by a tribal police officer.
It was reported at 7:06 a.m. and power was restored about 9:30 a.m., according to the tribal public relations office. Later that morning, power was turned off again for about 10 minutes while workers made sure a main power line was securely anchored. No one was hurt in the incident.
About 500 Xcel Energy customers in Glyndon are affected by a power outage late Tuesday afternoon.
The outage was discovered at 4:55 p.m., leaving customers with partial or total outages, said Bonnie Lund, an Xcel spokeswoman.
Crews are working to restore power to affected customers and it was unknown what caused the outage, she said. It's unknown when power will be fully restored.