Flathead Electric members impacted by large outage

Approximately 16,500 members of Flathead Electric Co-op experienced power outages shortly after 6:00 a.m. today (Friday) when a fault occurred on a Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) transmission line that runs from Kerr Dam, north to Columbia Heights and then west to Trego. Other electric utilities, such as Mission Valley and Lincoln Electric were also affected. The transmission line impacted seven of Flathead Electric’s distribution substations. A BPA spokesman says cause of the outages was a disturbance on the line between Kalispell and Columbia Heights that caused the equipment failure. BPA, FEC’s wholesale power supplier, responded very quickly and was able to restore power to most members within an hour and a half.