Large power outage impacting Helena area

Thousands without power in the Helena area
Posted at 12:25 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 20:02:23-04

A large power outage hit the Helena area just before noon on Thursday.

According to NorthWestern Energy , outages have been reported in Helena, East Helena and north into the Helena Valley. NorthWestern representatives say about 12,000 customers were affected by the outage.

The Helena-Lewis and Clark 911 Center said on Facebook that it was being swamped with calls and urged residents to only call 911 if there is a true emergency.

NorthWestern Energy says the outage is related to a transmission issues. Spokesperson Jo Dee Black says crews are on scene and working to restore power.

They hope to have power restored to most area before 12:45 p.m.