SHERIDAN (WNE) — As the lights in Sheridan went black, the buzz of downtown continued to hum. Without traffic lights, drivers navigated utilizing polite finger waves, but the Sheridan Police Department received numerous calls about accidents related to the power outage.

Shops opened their doors to let light in. Many local businesses tried to push their way through the power outage and continue to provide service for customers.

The countywide power outage started around 12:15 p.m. and lasted approximately 40 minutes. It was caused by a bull snake slithering into a Montana-Dakota Utilities substation insulator, tripping the main transformer.

Restaurants throughout town tried their best to continue to serve even with a lack of resources as customers continued to dine in. Olivia Castaneda, manager at Midtown Cafe, said they were able to continue service.

“It’s really hard,” Castaneda said. “We depend on the power but we have been able to continue to cook because we have gas. But we can’t do any drinks because our blenders and coffee presses are down and that’s what we’re known for.”

Every bank downtown locked up immediately when power was lost. Hospital Pharmacy on Main Street shut down with a note on the door that had “Power Outage” scribbled on it.

T’Leye Legerski, a nail tech at Tangles, struggled for the duration without power.

“Without power, I don’t get paid,” Legerski said. “I made it through; I polished my client’s toenails with a flashlight.”

Power was restored to most of Sheridan just before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

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