City power crews shortened Saturday’s outage
Power outages in Baldwin City Saturday night were the result of problems with the KCPL feed. City power plant operator Rob Culley made the decision at around 8:45 p.m. to start the city generators up and power was restored quickly compared to what KCPL customers in rural areas experienced.
Culley explained the outages Monday to City Administrator Jeff Dingman in an e-mail. Culley said the first outage occurred at 6:13 p.m. and lasted two to three minutes. The second occurred at 8:27 p.m. and was caused by a transmission pole east of Baldwin City being taken out by high winds.
At 8:45 p.m., Culley called KCPL again and when they said they weren't sure how long the outage would last, the city's generation was started. The city power was restored by 9:17 p.m.
Rural KCPL customers, including those in the Vinland Valley area, were without power until 3:30 a.m. Sunday, he said, and some other rural customers were without power until 5:10 a.m.
The Signal will have additional information in a story this week that will be the first part of a three-part series on the city's electrical system.