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Power Outage Problems In Central Sioux Falls

February 17, 2014, 5:07 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Power Outage Problems In Central Sioux Falls

Many businesses had to shut their doors, as central Sioux Falls experienced a power outage.  

It was a Monday morning, and a lot of people enjoy a cup of coffee before heading to work.  But those who stopped at Scooter's Coffee on 33rd Street and Minnesota Avenue had a rude awakening when they saw this sign. 

"We couldn't brew any coffee or get anything ready for the day. And now it's just kind of a waiting game," Gabby Pike, worker at Scooter's Cafe, said. 

Xcel Energy announced early Monday morning there were 16 power outages in the area, impacting more than 8,000 residents. The biggest cluster was in the central part of the city.

Pike says she doesn't like being the bearer of bad news for customers.

"I haven't really talked to any of them this morning. I did see one come through and just let her know we were out of power. She looked bummed," Pike said. 

"Then they said it was going to be on by 8:00 and now 9:00. And now I was just told, it's 9:30 and the power still isn't on," Sioux Falls resident Dave Kemp said. 

Kemp works out of his home in central Sioux Falls and says this isn't the first time his street has had these issues.

"In this case, most of the time we have ice like last year, the power on this side is on the grid for Minnesota Avenue. And they had power the whole time; we didn't have power for like two and a half days," Kemp said. 

While the power is now back on, the lack of electricity wasn't the way these two wanted to kick-off their week.

"I've got an important meeting at 11:00. I was going to get up this morning and run off copies and work with the computer with the person that's coming over in an hour or so. And can't do anything," Kemp said. 

"It's kind of chilly in here, but I guess it could be worse," Pike said.

Power was restored around 11:00 Monday morning.  Equipment failure is being blamed for the outage.

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