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Stevensville opens warming shelter due to prolonged power outage

Main Street Stevensville
Posted at 6:14 PM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 13:48:19-05

STEVENSVILLE — High winds reaching 50 miles per hour on Saturday caused multiple power outages and impacted the town of Stevensville.

Crews from NorthWestern Energy have been successful restoring power inside the town but homes and businesses south of Strevensville -- and along Main Street continue with no power.

Officials with NorthWestern Energy told Stevensville town officials that residents should expect to be without power for an additional four-to-six hours. The area has experienced downed power lines that have caused significant damages that will result in the replacement of poles, and sections of wire.

"Opening the facility so that those without power have a warm shelter with power available. In addition, a chili feed has been organized to provide a warm meal to those who cannot cook due to the outage. Coffee and other refreshments are also being served free of charge. "We understand that the outage is an inconvenience," said Stevensville Mayor Brandon Dewey. "Town Hall is open as an opportunity for neighbors to com together and embrace each others company and bring something positive from the stress of today's windy storm."

The chili feed begins at approximately 5:30 p.m. and will continue into the evening as needed.

Anyone with questions, or in need of assistance due to the outages, can contact Stevensville Town Hall directly at (406) 777-5271 or (406) 777-3773.