Thursday, November 19, 2015

Backyard greenhouse causes morning power outage

Strong winds and rain passed through our service territory over the past couple of days. Our crews have been busy. They have restored power to 14,500 customers over the last 24 hours.

We often see tree branches come in contact with our equipment and cause outages. Other unusual debris, however, also can become entangled in our wires.

This morning, our crews discovered a small greenhouse entangled in our wires on the south side of Milwaukee. High winds caused the greenhouse to flip into the wires, causing a power outage.

About 1,400 customers were affected by the incident. All but one had power restored within 45 minutes.

This incident did not cause downed lines, but if you come across downed power lines, or anything touching those lines, stay at least 25 feet away and call 911.

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