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Power Goes Out for 5,000 Highland Parkers

Lights are back on for 4,400 with rest expected back by 9 p.m.

Approximately 5,000 Highland Park residents lost power Thursday when a transformer blew.
Approximately 5,000 Highland Park residents lost power Thursday when a transformer blew.

A transformer fire caused approximately 5,000 Highland Park residents to lose electric power just over 90 minutes ago with full restoration expected by 9 p.m., according to Deputy Highland Park Police Chief George Pfutzenreuter.

For those still without power, a temporary warming center has been established at Highland Park High School for residents in need of shelter. People should use entrance H to the school which is located off of the St. Johns side of the school. The facility is in the cafeteria, according to an email from Mayor Nancy Rotering.

An electrical transformer in the vicinity of Highway 41 and Park Avenue West blew at approximately 6:15 p.m. causing the outage to about 5,000 people, according to Pfutzenreuter. As of 6:54 p.m., power was restored to all but 600 people. All residences should be restored between 8:30 and 9 p.m.

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