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The Carthage Press
  • Power outage darkens northwest Carthage

  • Residents and businesses in northwest Carthage were in the dark for about two and a half hours on Wednesday as electric linemen worked to repair a substation that serves about a quarter of the city.
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  • Residents and businesses in northwest Carthage were in the dark for about two and a half hours on Wednesday as electric linemen worked to repair a substation that serves about a quarter of the city.
    Carthage Water and Electric Plant linemen spent the late afternoon at the substation at Vine and Parsons replacing parts that failed at about 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, knocking out traffic signals and turning off the lights to hundreds of homes and much of the West Central Avenue business district.
    CW&EP Director Bob Williams said much of the city west of Garrison Avenue and north of Centennial Avenue was affected by the outage.
    “We had a (power transformer) blow up and when that happened, we needed to replace those, and that process is just not a quick process,” said CW&EP Electrical Superintendent Chuck Bryant. “Crews worked diligently to isolate the problem and to get the PTs replaced and once they did, they started the transformer back up and everything started back on.”
    People in the area heard a loud bang, that some said sounded like thunder, from the substation when the lights went dark.
    “The loud noise would have been the arc or the explosion there in the PT that would have made that sound,” Bryant said. “Our crews responded once they found out what was going on and found that we had some equipment that just failed. It happens periodically, unfortunately.”
    Street Department workers put out four-way stop signs at the intersections of Central and Baker and Central and Francis, where traffic signals went dark with the power outage.
    Dozens of workers stood outside Leggett and Platt's Branch One plant, some carrying plastic bags and picking up trash outside the building, as they waited for power to be restored.
    In the residential neighborhoods, residents moved outside and spoke with neighbors as they waited for the lights to come back on.
    Bryant said it was fortunate that temperatures, while somewhat chilly, were mild, and it wasn't raining, so crews could work as quickly as possible to repair the damage.
    “Hopefully everybody's power is back on now,” Bryant said on Wednesday after crews completed repairs. “If it's not, I'd encourage you to check your breaker box and make sure everything is on and in the right position there. If it's still not, give us a call and we'll send someone out and make sure that things are in the proper working order.”

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