Metro-East News

Heavy winds cause power outage for all Mascoutah residents

The whole town of Mascoutah was without power early Wednesday morning because of issues caused by the wind, according to City Manager Cody Hawkins.

“The whole town went down for about 20 minutes,” he said.

Hawkins said heavy winds around 3 a.m. caused several fuses to blow because power lines were whipping, causing some to touch, and utility workers investigating the issue found a fault in the system.

An electric pole was also blown over onto a tree in a resident’s backyard in the North Town subdivision, Hawkins said. Work to restore power was slowed by fog.

Power was restored to all Mascoutah residents as of around 9 a.m., according to Hawkins.

The National Weather Service predicted winds would increase in intensity Tuesday night, with gusts up to 32 mph.

Wind gusts up to 33 mph are expected Wednesday.