BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A power outage in the North Dakota Capitol forced the state House and Senate to cancel their Tuesday floor sessions.
The power went out at 10:43 a.m. Tuesday.
Electricity was restored in the Capitol's main tower in a half-hour. Power was still out Tuesday afternoon in the Capitol's judicial wing, where state government's computer servers are located.
North Dakota budget director Pam Sharp says the electricity may not be back on until Tuesday night. The problems knocked out the Capitol's Internet service and telephones. Capitol callers got a busy signal Tuesday afternoon.
Sharp says when the power went out, the Capitol's backup generators didn't kick on right away. When they did, there was a power surge and an electrical transformer near the Capitol's judicial wing was damaged.