TIOGA, N.D. — A citywide outage has knocked out natural gas service to 1,100 customers of Montana-Dakota Utilities in Tioga.

MDU spokesman Mark Hanson says the utility’s supply was disrupted Tuesday afternoon. Hanson says he did not know the cause, though the supplier had been conducting maintenance.

Fifty technicians were on their way to Tioga to restore natural gas service. The Bismarck Tribune reports MDU planned to have all the gas meters shut off in Tioga by late Tuesday night before relighting anything.

Tioga Police Officer Mia Lefever says the city’s high school, which has coal heat, has been opened as a shelter for residents without heat.

Tioga is a city of about 1,600 residents in northwestern North Dakota about 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Williston.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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