BHE: Power outages caused by equipment malfunction
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The latest on a power outage affecting Black Hills Energy customers in Rapid City.
Oct. 8, 11:20 a.m.
A cause has been released for a power outage that affected 4,000 Black Hills Energy customers Sunday night. According to BHE spokesman Mutch Usera, it was an equipment malfunction.
Crews responded to an electrical fault and their south Rapid City substation on Catron Boulevard around 9 p.m. Sunday. A circuit breaker had experienced a mechanical failure and shut off, killing power.
The outage triggered a small electrical fire, activating smoke detectors and alerting the Rapid City Fire Department, but BHE employees put out the fire before the RCFD arrived.
BHE is investigating the cause of the equipment failure. Representatives advise the public not to call police during an outage unless you see a potential public hazard.
“With the wet, heavy snow, there’s still leaves on trees,” said Marc Eyre, BHE director of operations, “and if branches come down – if you come across that or see a downed power line, make sure that you keep the area safe. Keep people and pets away from the area. Call 911 right away, and we’ll work with first responders to come and make the situation safe.”
Affected residents were mostly in the South Robbinsdale area and along Cleveland Street. Power was restored to customers by midnight.
Power restored overnight for BHE customers in Rapid City
According to Black Hills Energy’s website, power was restored by midnight. No word has been released yet on the cause.
BHE customers experiencing power outages in Rapid City
Oct. 7, 9:20 p.m.
Some Black Hills Energy customers in Rapid City are experiencing power outages.
BHE has been notified. Please do not call 9-1-1 to report the power outage.