Hundreds in A.L. without power

Published 9:18 am Tuesday, June 12, 2012

More than 500 Albert Lea Alliant Energy customers were without power Monday afternoon after two of the company’s power lines were damaged.

Alliant Energy spokesman Justin Foss said the lines were reported damaged on the 300 block of Second Street — just south of The Children’s Center — at about 2:20 p.m.

He was not sure which blocks or streets were affected; however, officers at the Freeborn County Government Center indicated the facility was running on generators for a portion of the afternoon.

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Foss said he guessed the lines had been pulled together by some trees, causing them to burn.

Power was expected to be restored by early evening.

Two other unrelated outages were also reported Monday. Foss was also unsure about the cause of those outages.