Planned power outage changed to Thursday to accommodate viewing of Presidential Inauguration

In order to safely repair equipment that was damaged during the recent windstorm, Flathead Electric Cooperative (FEC) has scheduled a two-hour power outage along a stretch of its service territory for this Thursday, January 21. Originally scheduled for today, the date was changed so it did not interfere with those wishing to view the Presidential Inauguration. The areas that will be affected are east of Marion to Batavia, Ashley Lake Rd, Rogers Lake, Jackson Meadows, the south end of Browns Meadow, Sherman Ln, Managhan, Marquardt, Boorman, and Dawson Trail. The outage, which will impact approximately 1,000 members, will begin at 10 a.m. with anticipated completion by noon. Attempts are being made to notify those affected in advance.

Although power was restored to Co-op members following the windstorm, another facet of the Co-op’s work has just begun. Weather damage of this magnitude can leave many residual effects on the system. Cleaning up downed trees and debris and monitoring for damage to electrical equipment is an extensive process. And as in this case, sometimes the Co-op has to deliberately interrupt service to safely make repairs and prevent further—larger–outages. The Co-op knows it was tough few days for members who were without power, so they apologize for any inconvenience Thursday’s event may cause.