Construction crew strikes underground cable, causes power outage

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Brian Manthey with We Energies tells FOX6 News that approximately 300 customers lost power Thursday morning, June 5th after a construction crew struck an underground cable.

The incident occurred around 8:20 a.m. and knocked out power to hundreds of customers — including Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Children’s Hospital, The Blood Center of Wisconsin, and Medical College of Wisconsin.

Manthey said he suspected the medical facilities have back-up generators/systems that would continue to supply power for their facilities.

A We Energies crew responded to the scene — and all electrical systems were back up and running around 10 a.m.

Monitor FOX6 News and for updates on this developing story.


  • Zee

    As a former member of the multi-Utility Cable Cut Group, we found that many construction crews just don’t care because “that’s what insurance is for”. Me? I was the National Security and Emergency Preparedness guy.

  • Jfw

    Man, sounds like everyone has the answers and knows what’s going on with a construction crew. Simple as that right, call diggers boom done. Oh wait they don’t care about calling cuz they have insurance. That’s a fool proof plan!

    • Zee

      The proven fact of the matter is that “The Business of the U.S. is business.” This will get fixed only when enough voters scream “foul”. Wake up and smell the excrement.

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