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Swan Valley schools dismiss students due to power outage

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SHIELDS, MI (WNEM) -

WNEM TV5 has learned students in the Swan Valley School District were sent home early due to a power outage.

The outage affected the high school, middle school and Havens Elementary School.

The high school released students at 11:30 a.m., with middle school students being released at 11:35 a.m. Parents with students at Havens could pick their children up at noon, or the students were transported to Shields Elementary for the remainder of the day.

Authorities tell TV5 crews working not far from the high school hit an underground power line and that caused the outage.

According to Thomas Township Fire Chief Mike Cousins, a fiber optic line was being installed near the school. While excavating, they hit one of the three-phase lines supplying power to the schools.  That caused a brownout-type situation in the schools, meaning the school was getting full power to some devices. This causes some to run hotter and there was some smoking. 

The fire department investigated and made sure the power was shut off to the schools. 

Stay with WNEM.com and TV5 as we learn more about this situation.

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