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Power outage causes confusion

Published: Friday, November 2, 2012

Updated: Friday, November 2, 2012 01:11

The city of College Station experienced a major power outage on Thursday until around 4 p.m. Jane Sayers, energy coordinator of College Station Utilities, said they were doing routine maintenance at the Post Oak sub-station and something happened to a transformer. The transformer blew and opened up all of the breakers attached to it, which included twelve different feeders that come out of Post Oak Mall.

The city of College Station was able to bypass it and put it back online. Sayers said there was someone at the location of the transformer yesterday afternoon trying to figure out exactly what happened.

“It took out a big area,” Sayers said. “We managed to get it back on, so everything should be okay at this point.”

According to city protocol, the first priority is safety and to get the lights back on. They notify and get information to the media over what is known over time, as well as inform city hall and the city’s public communications, so they may tweet over the matters. The city also talks to their large accounts such as schools to let them know the city is working on it.

Rhonda Seaton, College Station Public Information Officer, said that due to the power outage as of yesterday, many traffic signals might not be working. They ask that if approaching a signal that is out completely, to please treat the signal as a four way stop.


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