Archive for Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Power outages in northern, western Lawrence leave residents without

June 15, 2011, 8:51 p.m. Updated June 15, 2011, 10:12 p.m.


10:11 p.m. update

Westar is putting the finishing touches on restoring power to Lawrence residents who were without for nearly an hour Wednesday evening. Only five remain without power following an equipment failure.

10 p.m. update

After nearly an hour, power is being restored to customers in northwest Lawrence. The second of two nearly consecutive outages was the result of another equipment failure, according to Westar representative Nick Bundy. As of 10 p.m. there were only 332 customers still without power.

9:51 p.m. update

More than 1,800 Westar Energy customers in northwest Lawrence are still without power. Police in the area have reported lights and traffic lights out. Motorists should be extra cautious.

Westar crews are still working to restore power to the affected area after a second suspected equipment failure.

9:24 p.m. update

After power was restored to Westar Energy customers in northern Lawrence, another outage has left more than 1,800 without power in the area near Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.

Crews were working to restore the power to residents in the area. The previous outage was believed to be the result of failed equipment. There was no timeline for restoration of power along west Sixth Street.

9:10 p.m. update

Power was restored to more than 1,000 Westar Energy customers in Lawrence who were briefly without it Wednesday evening.

The outages were concentrated north of Sixth and Iowa Streets. The power was lost about 8:15 p.m. and was restored about 40 minutes later.

Nick Bundy, a representative with Westar, said the outage was caused by equipment failure.


deec 6 years, 3 months ago

Less bonuses, more maintenance? Aren't they averaging a couple of outages a week lately?

myech 6 years, 3 months ago

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Maureen Guth 6 years, 3 months ago

9:20 pm & power is out north of Free State

appleaday 6 years, 3 months ago

There was one Sunday morning that went unreported.

Piggles 6 years, 3 months ago

I live near 27th and Iowa and my power briefly went out just a little after 9pm then came back on. My Mom who lives by Walmart on 6th street says her power and all the surrounding houses and businesses are all out including Walmarts. She also heard a lot of sirens as well so not sure what up... Last friday while at Dillon's on 23rd, the power went out but then came right back on..

deec 6 years, 3 months ago

I live in a little bitty town near Lincoln, Nebraska now. I've been here a year and the only time I've lost power is during a huge thunderstorm. I guess the squirrels and birds are smarter here or something. Then again, I have a different provider.

Clovis Sangrail 6 years, 3 months ago

Perhaps a little less money spent on executive bonuses and a bit more on upgrading this third-world power grid would make the power more reliable.

If you want your power outages reported, take the initiative to call LJW newsroom when they happen. They won't necessarily know about it if it doesn't affect downtown. At our house, first call is to Westar-Kampala and second is to LJW. Then we go to Muncher's.

I've been at Muncher's so much lately I'm putting on weight and my blood sugar is spiking.

50YearResident 6 years, 3 months ago

Lawrence Memorial Hospital was without power for an hour. Luckily they have a back up system and it was only dark for about 10 seconds. The backup system ran all the emergency equipment and lighting but not the un-necessary things.

John Yocum 6 years, 3 months ago

I'm so glad Westar has better service now that they cut down/mangled so many trees. Sarcasm, folks. The only tree in our yard was cut down last year by Westar's "contracted tree service", but a tree in the neighbor's yard that is in the lines just as much as ours, was left standing. Rhyme or reason? Think not. Also, our a/c bill is higher this year since there's no shade in our yard now. Win/win for Westar. Lose/lose for us.

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