Cause of two power poles downed on E. North Street under investigation

UPDATE: 2:35 p.m. — Black Hills Energy PIO Mutch says the downed power lines impacted about 280 people in the area, but power’s been restored.

There have been no injuries, but there was a minor oil spill in the parking lot that is contained. The oil came from transformers on the power poles that hit an object in the fall.

The building didn’t need to be evacuated as there were no occupants inside.

Crews are currently working to clean up the mess caused by the incident, which should take a few days.

What exactly happened is still under investigation. Mutch says severe weather is usually the cause of power poles going down.

UPDATE: 2:22 p.m. — The Rapid City Fire Department says that power has been isolated and there’s no fire hazard present.

Black Hills Energy Public Information Officer Mutch Usera is on the scene and will be providing more details.

Photo from the Rapid City Fire Department

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Fire Department is on the scene of an incident in the 600 block of East North Street, where two power poles and a number of lines are down.

One of the poles came down on the Time Inn Motel. At this point it isn’t known what happened.

Photo from the Rapid City Fire Department

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