A Thursday evening storm that sparked several wildfires in Glacier National Park is also being blamed for a power outage in the Flathead.
Flathead Electric Co-op spokeswoman Wendy Ostrom Price says trees and branches fell on power lines Thursday night and outages were reported throughout the Co-op’s service territory from Libby to the west, Big Mountain to the north, south to Swan Lake, northeast to Essex and points in between.
Ostrom Price says the hardest hit appears to be the Canyon area, where approximately 2,700 members were still in the dark on Friday morning.
Crews have been working through the night and are continuing their efforts to make repairs and restore power, but we can anticipate further interruptions in service due to residual impacts and damage to the system.
Ostrom Price said in a news release that "it’s difficult to determine the total number of members who have been impacted by the storm, but it is estimated at approximately 5,000 of the Co-op’s 51,000 members".
Flathead Electric is aware of most outages, but people can still call to report them at (406) 751-4449. Click here to view the latest on the status of the power outages.