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By Kelsey Lodge
Missoula Electric Cooperative 

When the power goes out

A behind-the-scenes look at an MEC power outage


August 27, 2020

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Boys read using flashlights during a power outage.

If you're a native to the area or a longtime resident, you may have an outage routine that happens during a black out at your home... check to see if the neighbor's lights are out, fetch some flashlights, call your local power provider, unplug major appliances, etc. But have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a power outage? From small scale and planned outages, to widespread, multi-day outages, the team at Missoula Electric Cooperative is equipped to handle it all.

Each outage is slightly unique and requires a different level of attention from our line crews. A small outag...

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