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Power outages in Madison cause ripple effect across the state, Chippewa Valley

MADISON (WKOW) — Following two fires at Madison Gas and Electric substations, Gov. Tony Evers has declared a state of emergency in the City of Madison and Dane County.

The declaration means state agency buildings will be closed for the rest of the day, and employees were sent home or asked to not come into work today.

The Wisconsin National Guard has been activated and is now able to provide assistance.

“We are grateful that no one has been injured as a result of the explosion and fires this morning, and I want to thank emergency personnel who responded quickly to contain the situation,” said Gov. Evers in a prepared statement.

(WKOW) —  An explosion and fire in Madison Friday morning caused widespread power outages, impacting government services across the state.

Many government websites are down including the Department of Transportation and Wisconsin Circuit Court Access (CCAP).

There are also issues reported at the Chippewa County Courthouse.

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Wisconsin DMV released a statement:

“Wisconsin DMV Customer Service Centers are not able to issue driver license/IDs at this time (Friday, 7/19) A router managed by a telecommunication company is down. This resulted in a disconnection with the DMV’s federally required verification system. Customers should use the Driver License Guide ( to fill in forms, submit them electronically, print out a checklist of the paperwork needed to bring to the DMV, and (re)schedule their appointment at the DMV.”

The release said that scheduled road tests are not affected by the outage. Vehicle services, like renewing license plates and titling a vehicle are also unaffected.

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