Archive for Saturday, April 19, 2008

Downtown De Soto loses power for 3 hours

April 19, 2008


Downtown De Soto and the residential neighborhood to the north were without electrical power for about 3 1/2 hours Friday, after a truck brought down two power poles at the city shop.

De Soto street supervisor Ron Creason said a semi with double trailers entered the city shop about 11:30 a.m. to pick up used tires. It snagged a wire, snapping two poles. Three transformers at the city yard at 82nd and Shawnee also were destroyed.

Westar Energy restored power about 3 p.m.

The power outage came just as The Bleu Tomato downtown was filling up for lunch, said co-owner Karen Mitchell.

"It hit the lunch pretty bad," she said. "Friday's generally a good day for us."

Creason said the city asked a tire recycling company to send a truck to pick up a large cache of buried tires discovered this week during construction of the new De Soto Riverfest Park site on the Kansas River west of downtown. There were no tires at the shop, and the driver was to call ahead to learn where to collect the tires from, he said.


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