According to the neighbor who heard it from the mail carrier who saw the whole thing, a garbage truck left the street with his little dumpster arms in the air. They snagged the power lines, bringing down the pole. This happened at about 12:30 p. m. The lights came on sometime during the night. Not having any plug-in analog clocks, I’m not sure how long the power, cable, and telephone were off. But it was at least eight hours.
The only non-natural sound on the street during that time was the generator at the house a few doors down; the previous owners fell for the Y2K panic.
The story doesn’t seem to have made the paper, since it didn’t involve a car running into a house.