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Archive for Wednesday, July 24, 1996

TREE LIMB CUTS CABLEPOWER

July 24, 1996

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A tree limb that fell on power lines Tuesday afternoon in East Lawrence knocked out power for 22 minutes to most of eastern Lawrence, a KPL executive said.

The power outage also led to a disruption in service for Sunflower Cablevision subscribers, according to a Sunflower representative.

Steve Johnson, KPL general manager, said a large tree limb fell onto power lines about 2 p.m. near the intersection of 11th and Oregon streets. Johnson said he didn't know what caused the tree limb to fall.

The tree limb caused a breaker switch to open at KPL's Sixth Street substation at Sixth and Kentucky streets, he said.

When that switch opened, power was cut off to an area east from New Hampshire Street to Haskell Avenue and south from Seventh to 19th streets, Johnson said.

James Risner, chief technician at Sunflower Cablevision, said that when the company lost power at Seventh and New Hampshire, the cable system serving the entire city went down briefly.

However, he said he turned on emergency generators and within five minutes channels 3, 5, 9 and 14 were back on the air. The other channels came up when power was restored to the building, he said.

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