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Power outages in Madison cause ripple effect across the state

(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).

A tweet from WISN Reporter Kent Wainscott shows a DMV at the State Office Building in Milwaukee turning people away because of computer issues.

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.

(Photo Courtesy: Kent Wainscott)


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