Osage locals make the best of city-wide power outage

OSAGE, Kan. (WIBW) - Nearly all of Osage City was without power Monday night. Officials from Osage Utilities say the failure was caused by a main transformer going out.

People in town said they heard a loud boom before everything went dark.

Osage city employees were working late - firing up the town's generators to restore power.

Jennifer Hayes lives in Osage, she recalled being asked by neighbors if her power had gone out.

"I thought it was just my house but my neighbor came out and asked if our power went out too, and yes it had," she said.

Hayes says even the town's stores had to close up shop.

"They couldn't sell us anything because they were closed, no power," she said.

Eastern parts of the town had power again in just a few hours after it went out around 6:00 p.m.

But streetlights were still off in the western part of Osage City until around 10:00 p.m.

Hayes was on her way to a women's empowerment meeting at a friend’s house.

Lindsay Lerhbach hosted the meeting. She says they decided to keep it going outside, without power.

"We meet to empower one another, we're about positivity so no we're not gonna let things like a power outage get us down," she said.

Even the kids were having a good time, for them it just meant more time to play outside.

"Since there's other kids and they're playing outside it hasn’t even phased them just a bit. They still have juice in their bellies and candy so they are content," Lerhbach said.