Power Restored at Government Center After Two-Hour Outage

Thursday, February 8, 2018 | By Steve Briggs |

Polk-Burnett Electric restored power to the Burnett Government Center shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday after a two-hour outage. Above, the care that struck the pole is removed from the scene.

The government center and the area to the east of lost power at 7:10 a.m. when a car went off State Road 70 near Clam Lake and struck a power pole, breaking it in two.

A witness tells BurnettWire.com the force of the collision caused the power line wires to “gallop,” breaking off the next pole to the east.

The outage also affected the north part of the village of Siren. 

There was no immediate report on the car driver’s condition. 

County Clerk Wanda Hinrichs said most of the government was dark this morning as employees arrived for work. "There is a generator that powers the emergency equipment, and there are a few wall outlets where things can be plugged in for emergency use, but it was very dark throughout the building including the bathrooms. Every department has flashlights for this type of event," she said.

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