Archive for Thursday, June 23, 2011

Power restored to Westar Energy customers in south Lawrence after Thursday morning outage

June 23, 2011, 9:15 a.m. Updated June 23, 2011, 1:40 p.m.


Service has been restored to all Westar Energy customers in south Lawrence and Douglas County, according to the company's website.

A planned outage for 47 customers near 28th Street west of Iowa Street unexpectedly increased to more than 150 customers about 9 a.m. Thursday.

Crews restored power to customers by using an "alternate feed," but the cause of the increased outage is still being investigated, Westar said on Twitter.

Customers affected by the outage were without power for about two hours.


Cimmy Redmond 5 years, 1 month ago

And in other breaking news, water is wet.

Sigmund 5 years, 1 month ago

Just what new business or families would want to locate in a town that regularly lacks electric power? I mean other than a blacksmith or wheelwright or the Amish.

auntmimi210 5 years, 1 month ago

"...other than a blacksmith or wheelwright or the Amish." Thanks, I needed that laugh! My area (near downtown) is usually part of the outages. Somehow today, the hamster wheel is turning.

MarcoPogo 5 years, 1 month ago

"Westar - We'll Try to Leave the Light on for You".

MarcoPogo 5 years, 1 month ago

No concept of reality? The reality is that we have to reset all of the clocks in the house about every three days.

hujiko 5 years, 1 month ago

Aww shucks, what a major inconvenience that must be.

If that is the most difficult part of your day, then you should seriously reconsider your priorities.

MarcoPogo 5 years, 1 month ago

Once again, someone misses the point - they can't keep the power on. When the local internet provider crashes, people unleash all kinds of vitriol; why can't complaints be made about the electricity provider?

If putting words in others' mouths is the easiest part of your day, I congratulate you on your cakewalk of a life.

labmonkey 5 years, 1 month ago

I don't see as many complaints with other area companies... KCPL, BPU, etc...

auntmimi210 5 years, 1 month ago

Says the girl with the rainbow-haired creature avatar.

tolawdjk 5 years, 1 month ago

The reality is that with the "uptime" we are getting from "Clean, Dependable Coal" from Westar, we might as well throw up a couple hundred turbines and hope the wind blows.

Undependable power is still undependable power.

Christine Anderson 5 years, 1 month ago

Dolph4, MarcoPogo, I love it! My personal guess is they have idiots as project managers.

SnakeFist 5 years, 1 month ago

We're becoming a third world country: The electricity is out somewhere in Lawrence very few days, the roads are full of potholes, the reservoir is silting up, etc.

There needs to be an investigation of Westar, and the payment of dividends to investors needs to end until the infrastructure is upgraded.

tolawdjk 5 years, 1 month ago

I'm guessing an avian excuse. You can't go with rodent or reptile as they have been used too recently.

Or maybe cougar. Something to spice it up.

I remember living in the Chicago area with all the older housing having the electrical coming in from overhead lines that you had to keep up on landscape trimming when even a minor storm would knock an old dead branch down. But I don't remember the suicidal varmits they have in Lawrence.

Did someone build a highway on Native American sacred ground or something?

somedude20 5 years, 1 month ago

Maybe The Storm was trying to mate with it and when she finished, she sent out a power surge that took out the transmitter

Mike Gammill 5 years, 1 month ago

You don't suppose that Westar is wanting to get a jump on the rationing electricity thing, do you?

Kontum1972 5 years, 1 month ago

so electricity we get a discount for the power-outage?

clovis_sangrail 5 years, 1 month ago

Yes, that was some crack investigative reporting.

She regurgitated the contents of Westar's corporate twitter.

Now, an in-depth story on why Westar cannot go two days without an "unplanned outage" somewhere in town -- that would be interesting, especially if they are paying dividends and large bonuses while still providing substandard service to their customers.

Joseph Jarvis 5 years, 1 month ago

When isn't there a power outage in Lawrence?

Westar can't control nature. But you'd think it would design infrastructure to better handle foreseeable problems.

Suebell 5 years, 1 month ago

I live near 28th street. The power was out from 5:30 AM-11:00 AM. Does that equal two hours??

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 1 month ago

Power went off in E. Lawrence yesterday evening-- at least the fourth time this month.

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