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Power outages affected over 630 customers over the weekend in Butte and Deer Lodge amid winter weather conditions and winds topping 22 miles per hour.

NorthWestern Energy spokesperson Butch Larcombe confirmed Sunday that four outages occurred in the Butte and Deer Lodge areas, including ones in Butte along Montana Street and another along South Harrison Avenue that caused some customers to go without electricity overnight.

Larcombe said the Montana Street and Harrison Avenue outages were reported within thirty minutes of each other, around 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Montana Street outage affected 230 customers. NorthWestern was able to restore power quickly for some customers, the spokesperson said, but some were without electricity until around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, when crews finished fixing the problem.

The cause of the Montana Street outage was unknown as of Sunday afternoon, Larcombe said.

Meanwhile, a snapped power pole near the Northwestern Energy call center, 5155 Harrison Ave., was the cause of the South Harrison Avenue outage, which affected approximately 400 customers. About 200 had restored power within a few hours, Larcombe said, and the rest had their electricity restored late Sunday morning.

Rocker residents also experienced a power outage early Sunday morning due to a broken power pole, while a loose power line on Bowman Circle affected 55 customers in Deer Lodge hours later, around 6:30 a.m. Both areas had power restored mid Sunday morning.

Larcombe said he didn’t know what caused the damage to the affected power poles and line, but weather could have been a factor.

Winds topped 22 miles per hour at the Bert Mooney Airport along South Harrison Avenue Saturday night, and a gust of 46 miles per hour was recorded around 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service website.


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