Archive for Friday, September 20, 2013

Power restored after Thursday thunderstorm in Douglas County

September 20, 2013


Thursday evening's thunderstorm knocked down branches and interrupted power throughout Douglas County, but the electrical outages were fully restored by 9 a.m. Friday.

Shane Batchelder, Wester Energy communications representative, said nearly 3,800 homes and businesses in Douglas County were without electricity during the peak of the storm.

Batchelder said three large electrical outages each affected more than 500 residences. Neighborhoods in South Lawrence along 23rd and Iowa streets were among the most affected.

“One of the bigger outages was caused by tree branches getting blown into the lines, and another was caused by debris,” Batchelder said. “Douglas County had the most instances of outages we experienced last night.”

Westar called in crews from Topeka, Atchinson and Shawnee to help restore power throughout the night.

Most residences in Douglas County had their electricity restored by midnight and a remaining 200 by 4 a.m. Friday.

Batchelder said about 10 residences had more severe damage and their power was not restored until 9 a.m. High winds caused trees to pull electrical meter boxes away from these homes, and electricians were brought in to ensure the area was safe before Westar crews began working.

Meagan Gilliland, communications manager for the city of Lawrence, said four city crews were out working all day Friday to clear limbs and damaged trees. The city had two reports of trees on public ground causing damage to private property.


Chuck Woodling 4 years, 8 months ago

ATCHINSON??? Good grief. How low can your copy editing go?

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