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Archive for Sunday, May 15, 2011

Service restored to Westar Energy customers after large power outage Sunday morning affects thousands

About 5,000 customers lost power around 6 a.m. Sunday morning. Westar crews restored power to most customers around 7:45 a.m. Crews at the power station near Sixth and Kentucky streets were working to repair the issue around 8 a.m. Sunday.

About 5,000 customers lost power around 6 a.m. Sunday morning. Westar crews restored power to most customers around 7:45 a.m. Crews at the power station near Sixth and Kentucky streets were working to repair the issue around 8 a.m. Sunday.

May 15, 2011, 7:26 a.m. Updated May 15, 2011, 10:30 p.m.

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An equipment failure at a Sixth Street substation left thousands of Lawrence residents without power early Sunday morning.

The outage affected areas east of Iowa Street and lasted from about 6 a.m. to about 9:15 a.m., said Erin La Row, a spokeswoman for Westar Energy. However, power was restored to most of the 5,300 customers affected by the outage by 7:45 a.m.

As of Sunday evening, however, La Row said she was not able to provide detailed information about what caused the equipment failure.

“Equipment failure in general happens from time to time. Unfortunately it does happen,” La Row said. She said Westar would likely have more information on the outage today.

Sunday’s outage was at least the third since Feb. 23, when a switch failure on a power pole near 25th and Alabama streets, which La Row said had caught fire, cut power to about 750 customers in the area from Kasold Drive to Haskell Avenue and 25th to 37th streets. La Row was not able to confirm whether the switch failure caused the pole fire or vice versa.

A larger outage, affecting nearly 2,000 customers, occurred on March 22 when a transformer at the electrical substation near Sixth and Tennessee streets — the same substation associated with Sunday’s outage — was damaged when a bird flew into it. That outage was concentrated in and around the downtown area.

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Sarah St. John 3 years, 4 months ago

Good thing the birds woke me up. Thanks, birds!

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tanaumaga 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks camping stove for my sons oatmeal this morning!

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Tricky Gnosis 3 years, 4 months ago

Only 324? BS. Most of East Lawrence along New York & Delaware Streets are out and most of the downtown businesses are dark.

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shaunepec 3 years, 4 months ago

Looks like businesses are starting to open up. As of 8:15 am.

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Scott Tichenor 3 years, 4 months ago

Clock on the courthouse was stopped at 6:35. Traffic light at 11th and Mass out. Parts of East Lawrence went down for over an hour. Getting to be like a third world country where they can't keep the power on.

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Xwards 3 years, 4 months ago

I think it's the trees along 5th Street getting back at the power company after their brutal haircut at the hands of Wright's Tree Service.

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Steve Jacob 3 years, 4 months ago

We just don't have the infrastructure to handle the advances in technology. Not much has changed to the power grid for 50 years.

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tir 3 years, 4 months ago

The power went out at my house TWICE--the first time was just after 6 AM, then it came back on again about an hour later (after I had gone out to get something for breakfast, figuring it wouldn't come back on) and then the power went off again for another hour around 7:30. The first time, people on the other side of Mass street still had lights and the traffic lights at 14th and Mass were working. The second time, it looked like the outage was more widespread, because the traffic lights were off.

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true_patriot 3 years, 4 months ago

You'd think with all the rate increases they keep getting awarded our city's power grid could be a bit more stable with a bit more redundancy than it takes to keep a bird or a completely unknown incident from knocking out power to the city's core and causing personal inconvenience on a wide scale and several businesses to lose significant amounts of money.

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