Lawnmower mishap knocks out power at Battle Ground High School

By Eric Florip, Columbian transportation & environment reporter

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Students and staff at Battle Ground High School lost power for part of Thursday afternoon after a lawnmower accidentally hit a guide wire near a power pole, according to Clark Public Utilities.

The mishap knocked out power for most of the school at about 2 p.m., said Battle Ground Public Schools Communications Director Gregg Herrington. Clark Public Utilities shut the line down at 3:15 p.m. to fix damage, said utility spokeswoman Erica Erland. Power was turned back on just after 4 p.m., she said.

Erland said she believed the outage only affected the high school.

The outage didn't cause a major interruption to the Battle Ground school day, though classes did rely on natural daylight and battery-powered lights toward the end of the afternoon, according to Herrington. A freshman football game began later without an electronic scoreboard or clock, but otherwise progressed just fine, he said.

Battle Ground High School will open at its normal time Friday.