A blistery start to a Sunday morning

》" If you plan on driving north or south on Hwy 83, north of Bismarck...a power line broke at the intersection of 175th Ave (mile marker 100-101)and had briefly layed across both lanes of traffic. Capital Electric is en route...the sheriff's department and NDHP will be blocking both northbound and southbound lanes of traffic at this location. There is no timetable for how long Capital Electric will be able to fix the power line, so plan your travels accordingly!"

This is what has been happening this Sunday morning in Bismark/Mandan

There was also a report of a power outage in Mandan due to a power pole that is broken. There were crews on the sign working on it. Last night kxnet.com reported that "According to the outage map for Montana Dakota Utilities, there are over 3,000 households experiencing power outages in Western North Dakota. The main counties that are currently experiencing the most issues are Golden Valley and Burke County" This actually brings up a good question, what are some of the best suggestions to take advantage of if your electricity goes out on a cold day/night?

The Stark County Department of Emergency Services tips on what to do

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.
  • Use a generator, but ONLY outdoors and away from windows.
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.

Huge thanks to all the workers that go out in these conditions 24/7 to keep us safe

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