Wednesday's power outage affected over 3,000 MDU customers in Sheridan County. According to MDU Spokesman Mark Hanson, the outage was caused by a piece of equipment that broke on a transmission line causing two substations west of Sheridan to shut off.
The outage affected a number of local schools as well as Sheridan Memorial Hospital. Hospital Facilities Services Manager Rob Forister says that the outage was handled pretty well.
Once the outage hit, it didn't take long for hospital officials to begin preparing for the worst case scenario.
Forister said that the hospital's Emergency Preparedness Plan allows for patient care for at least 96 hours if any type of sustained disaster were to take place.
He also stated that if the generator fuel tank is full, it could run the hospital for up to a week if needed.