North Reserve power outage blamed on animal interference

Posted at 7:31 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 21:31:56-04

MISSOULA – Northwestern Energy says an animal is to blame for a power outage in the North Reserve street area of Missoula on Monday afternoon.

NWE Spokesperson Butch Larcombe tells KPAX the outage impacted about 2,500 customers from Mullan Road north to the railroad tracks.

Traffic lights were affected by the outage, which happened around 3:30 p.m.

NWE crews restored power to those customers in about 15 minutes.

Larcombe says the cause of the outage is believed to have been an animal that climbed up a pole and interfered with electrical equipment. They don’t know exactly what type of animal it was.