Shawano hit by power outage

East side loses power for over 2 hours

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Shawano Municipal Utilities crews work on restoring power Friday during an outage along Green Bay Street on the city’s east side.

Several businesses and some residences on Shawano’s east side lost electrical power for about two hours Friday.

Shawano Municipal Utilities reported the outage began about 5 p.m. and created traffic congestion along Green Bay Street when stoplights went dark during the evening rush hour.

Power was restored by 7:30 p.m. in most areas.

Brian Knapp, city administrator and utility manager, said crews identified an underground equipment failure and were working to pinpoint what caused the failure.

Although skies were cloudy and temperatures were high, there was no severe weather apparent at the time of the outage.

“It has to be something fairly significant,” Knapp said of the cause.

Officials said the outage covered an area that stretched from around Waukechon Street east to the city limits at County Road BE. The outage was concentrated along Green Bay Street and did not extend far into surrounding residential areas, Knapp said.

Affected businesses included Qualheim’s, Anello’s Torch Lite restaurant, El Tequila Mexican Restaurant and Wolf River Media, which publishes The Shawano Leader.

Shawano police worked to direct traffic after stoplights went dark at major intersections along Green Bay Street.

Lt. Mike Musolff of the Shawano Police Department said the power outage struck during heavy traffic at the end of a Friday workday. Musolff reported that there were no major incidents.

“We were able to keep it under control,” he said. “People were keeping their cool pretty good.”