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Power restored to areas

The power was back on sooner than expected for isolated customers following a widespread outage on Tuesday, according to Otter Tail Power Co.

Approximately 100 Jamestown customers near 13th Street and 4th Avenue Northwest and 586 customers in rural areas of Gackle, Streeter, Medina, Windsor, Cleveland and Eldridge had power restored between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., said Jeff Hoff, customer service manager for Otter Tail Power Co. As crews continued to repair downed lines and damaged circuits, power was rerouted much sooner than expected, he said.

“Everybody was back on while we were still trying to fix things,” Hoff said.

Altogether around 2,772 Otter Tail customers lost power starting at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, he said.

Power was restored to 1,386 customers in Jamestown and 78 customers in the Montpelier and Ypsilanti areas within 15 minutes after the outage started, Hoff said. Most of the remaining customers had power restored by 2:05 p.m., he said.

The outage occurred almost two hours after a dump truck clipped central transmission lines running over U.S. Highway 281/52 at 10:10 a.m., according to the company. The downed lines produced a series of related problems that had to be addressed in addition to repairing the lines, Hoff said.