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UPDATE: Power restored to Monroe
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MONROE - Power was restored to much of the city as about 7 p.m., according to an Alliant Energy spokesman.Damage to an American Transmission Company power line, which runs into the city is responsible for a power outage occurred at about 5:30 p.m., according to Scott Reigstad, an Alliant Energy spokesperson.Alliant Energy is contracted to perform repair work on the line. Alliant crews are searching for the location of the damage to the line and what caused it.The damage knocked out two substations into Monroe, Reigstad said, to downtown and to the westside of the city. About 5,000 Green County homes still are without power, and it could be up to three hours before power it restored, he said.At about 5:30 p.m., power was cut off to the north side and other areas of Monroe.Alliant has not been able to establish a cause of the power outage, the spokesman said.Other parts of the city have experienced intermittent power outages.There has been no report on what caused the outages, according to police scanner traffic.Check the Times Web site for more information as it becomes available.