ALBERT LEA, MN — About 1,400 Albert Lea residents were without power for over two hours Friday night.
Around 8:15 p.m. a transmission issue caused residents on the southern part of town to lose power.
A spokesperson from Alliant Energy said several lightning strikes over the last couple of years blew the insulation in a sub-station. Crews had to wait for a journeyman from Mason City to fix it.
They said this type of sub-station requires them to wear a full protective suit, which is rare, most of the time protective rubber gloves will do, and the closest available person who is trained to do that was in Mason City.
Power was restored around 10:30 p.m.