'Lockout' caused widespread power outage
Supper was not quite on the table for some area residents Nov. 24 when the power failed for 1,784 Todd-Wadena Electric customers.
Todd-Wadena buys electrical power from Minnesota Power and when a piece of equipment at a sub-station in Verndale failed, the resulting outage left customers in Wadena, Verndale and Aldrich in the dark.
According to a report which Todd-Wadena line superintendent Mark Christianson received from Minnesota Power, a transformer and bus locked out for safety reasons. A lockout prevents further trouble but it also forces crews to respond. Flickering power outages, according to Christianson, are caused when the equipment is attempting to self-correct a problem -- such as when a branch drops on a power line.
It took Minnesota Power crews 1 hour and 45 minutes to restore power.
The power was out from 5:49-7:33 p.m.
An additional 1,083 customers lost power for seven minutes.
Todd-Wadena Electric serves more than 8,000 customers.