Archive for Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Monday power outage isolated to FireTree, West Baldwin

June 19, 2007

A power outage isolated to the northwest grid of Baldwin City -- basically FireTree Estates and parts of West Baldwin -- lasted two hours Monday and was caused by two separate incidents.

Chris Croucher, lead lineman for the city electrical crew, filled the Baldwin City Council in on what happened at Monday's meeting. The outage lasted from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

"I got a call about 4:30 p.m.," said Croucher. "A contractor had torn up some underground wires. Lightning then hit and knocked the northwest feed out."

Electrical crews then started the process of driving up and down the area affected searching for a cause. Nothing stood out immediately, he said.

"We drove it out a couple of times," said Croucher. "We got it tracked down to FireTree. We got it back on about 6:30 p.m., but we'll look at it again."

He said if rain and lightning continued Monday night -- which it did -- the second inspection would be done Tuesday. As for the delay in getting service restored, there was a safety issue.

"The reason it took so long is I didn't want to put guys up in the bucket in the lightning," he said.

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