Archive for Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Service restored in east Lawrence after crane runs into power lines

July 14, 2010, 8:35 a.m. Updated July 14, 2010, 10:20 a.m.


Over 2,600 Westar Energy customers in east Lawrence lost power around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The outage lasted just over two hours.

Westar spokesman Nick Bundy said a crane ran into power lines near a substation, which caused a transformer to fail. The areas without service were located north and south of 23rd Street and east of Massachusetts Street.

The company's website shows that nearly all customers in Douglas County have service.

City road crews put up temporary stop signs at 17th and Massachusetts streets to help direct traffic while stop lights were down.


leeroy_johnson 7 years, 10 months ago

Day 2. I see rate increases in the near future. It will help protect the power.

Kris_H 7 years, 10 months ago

For the sake of these residents, I hope they are able to get it back up quickly. This would be an ugly day to be without air conditioning. If they can't get it back on I hope there's a community center or somewhere that residents can go, especially the elderly or medically fragile.

Angel Gillaspie 7 years, 10 months ago

how do I know if my house is one of those which lost power? I am at work & not at liberty to go home & check. What about the hundreds of dollars worth of food in my fridge & freezer? could someone from the LJ-W please find out the exact area of the outage & post it for us? That would be grate, thanks

parrothead8 7 years, 10 months ago

You're at work and can't go home, but you've got plenty of time to read stories in the paper and write comments on them? ;)

Bursting 7 years, 10 months ago

I think its called a job with computer and internet access parrothead... Pretty hard to miss the top line breaking news don't you think?

mom_of_three 7 years, 10 months ago

I know it involves houses east of Haskell.

mom_of_three 7 years, 10 months ago

not sure how much of Prairie Park area is affected or if its just the older High Chaparral area

sweng 7 years, 10 months ago

this map might be useful to some people stuck at work, click on lawrence to zoom in and see the neighborhoods where people have reported outages :

youngjayhawk 7 years, 10 months ago

Hope power is restored quickly; this humid heat is brutal. Everyone - drink lots of water and keep a check on neighbors & pets.

Angel Gillaspie 7 years, 10 months ago

my house is north of 19th Street between Haskell & Harper. how about north of 19th? they said "north and south of 23rd street," what does that mean exactly? isn't just about everyone who lives in Lawrence either north or south of 23rd street?

Angel Gillaspie 7 years, 10 months ago

@parrothead8 - I am multi-tasking, sweetheart. some of us can do that quite efficiently. @sweng - thanks very much! practical information that I can actually use!

wmathews 7 years, 10 months ago

We've put some calls into Westar and the city and hope to have some updates shortly. We're getting reports that a few stoplights are out, too, and we're trying to confirm which intersections (if any).

Whitney Mathews Online Editor

somedude20 7 years, 10 months ago

this was due to the boobquake that happened yesterday

Angel Gillaspie 7 years, 10 months ago

@sweng - that map is pretty worthless, it's too small to see exact locations, so I called the 800 number. the wait time on hold is 32 minutes...

sittinthefence 7 years, 10 months ago

I am on 19th between barker and haskell and I have power.

YouPeopleAreCrazy 7 years, 10 months ago

Seriously, you need to calm down. Take a deep breath, let it out. The power went out, it may or may not be your house. It happens. Everything is going to be okay.

BallHawk 7 years, 10 months ago

Wow, rate increases always seem to be the talk...yet the more they increase their product the less reliable it becomes. We have had at least 3 or 4 power outages since the 4th in my 'hood and the wait time seems to get longer each time, up to 2 hours on a couple of them. Is there an issue we the public should be aware of ? Something we can do to help gain reliability?

Angel Gillaspie 7 years, 10 months ago

we used to have outages all the time due to a transformer in the trees in our neighborhood - either the wind, the tree limbs, or squirrels launching themselves into it often caused an outage at the drop of a hat. but they fixed that, so we haven't had an outage in several years. was it a kamikaze squirrel, perhaps?

wmathews 7 years, 10 months ago

This outage was caused by a crane that ran into power lines near the substation. Though yesterday's outage near Second Street and McDonald Drive was caused by animals.

Whitney Mathews Online Editor

feetup 7 years, 10 months ago

where are u ziggy, im on 19th just west of haskell, still no power, and granny is melting!

David Roberts 7 years, 10 months ago

I know that this is not an emergency, so I would never call 911 for this sort of thing; but I tried to call in to Westar's emergency line several times and couldn't get a person. Pressing 0 actually disconnected the call. The reason why I wanted to speak to a person is that in order to report a power outage, you had to give your 10 digit account number, which I don't have memorized. Our billing is paperless, so I don't have a statement lying around either. Westar's computer gatekeeper seems to not respond to me identifying my address, or anything other than 10 specific numbers. Perhaps Westar would consider accepting either the 10 digit number OR billing address when a customer calls to report an outage.

Just a thought.

evilpenguin 7 years, 10 months ago

My power was out this morning and when I called to report it, the first thing their automated system asked me for was the telephone number associated with my address. When I didn't provide this, it asked me for my account number and then there was another option if I didn't have that.

Angel Gillaspie 7 years, 10 months ago

@feetup, you are right around the corner from my house. please keep me updated, thanks! the lady at Westar (very helpful & considerate) says she cannot tell from her system which houses have power & which do not. at first, she seemed unaware that there was an outage. she said I would have to go home or send someone to my house to check for power. then she said everything looked like it was up & running. I'm going to trust that, as long as my fridge & freezer stay shut, everything will be all good when I get home later...

feetup 7 years, 10 months ago

ill run home at noon to check and let you know!

feetup 7 years, 10 months ago

power is on like donkey kong at 1230!

ToriFreak13 7 years, 10 months ago

That wasn't the Westar crane truck I seen cutting through side streets to avoid traffic was it?

friendlyjhawk 7 years, 10 months ago

agilla--Be an adult about this. If it is that important to you, take off from work and check your house. Stop wasting your employers time by getting paid to "multi-task" to check on your personal problem. Hope you aren't working in an ICU someplace.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 7 years, 10 months ago

I'm NORTH of 23rd and east of Massachusetts and east of Haskell. My power was out but is back on.

LogicMan 7 years, 10 months ago

How's the crane operators? I remember from years back that one who worked for a local building supplier was killed or injured, as was at least one killed up at the energy center.

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