Tioga is a metropolis of about 1,600 residents in northwestern North Dakota, about forty miles east of Williston.
MDU spokesman Mark Hanson stated the outage affected 909 clients in Tioga, stemming from an obvious failure within the fuel provider’s backup system throughout upkeep Tuesday afternoon.
Fifty MDU technicians from round North Dakota and japanese Montana traveled to Tioga Tuesday night to manually reset each buyer’s pure fuel meter and relight home equipment.
Techs labored all through the night time to right providers for 650 clients by eight a.m., Hanson stated. MDU prioritized Tioga’s nursing house and hospital, Tioga Police Officer Mia Lefever stated Tuesday.
Tioga’s coal-heated highschool opened as a shelter for these residents with out warmth. Principal Brodie Odegaard stated, so far as he knew, nobody stayed on the faculty.
Temperatures dropped to single digits in Tioga in a single day into Wednesday, with a excessive of eight in the course of the day.