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Downtown power fully restored after troublesome outage

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - MLGW crews finally fixed a power outage Wednesday morning that they initially thought had been fixed earlier in the day.

The outage, which affected several downtown buildings, was a major inconvenience for many who had business to conduct. Deborah Williams stood in a huge crowd outside 201 Poplar early Wednesday morning, anxiously waiting for the power to be turned back on.

"I got a long wait," she said.

The government building was just one of several businesses left in the dark during the outage.

"It did affect a number of businesses within the boundaries of Auction, Monroe, and Danny Thomas," said MLGW spokesperson Glen Thomas.

The situation left Williams worried she would miss her 9:00 a.m. court appointment.

"I guess the judge knows the lights are not working," she laughed.

According to Thomas, a substation that provides electricity to the northern part of downtown went down around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.

"We had a piece of equipment called the lightning arrestor that burned up and subsequently damaged some other equipment there," he said.

Power was restored roughly six hours later after crews found a way to temporarily re-route the power.

"We re-routed some circuits to provide power to Northern downtown and in that process, it allows us to work on permanent repairs at the substation," he said.

However, that temporary fix did not hold.

"This morning we saw some increased electric demand," Thomas said. "It caused these circuits to overload, so we briefly had a second outage this morning from 8 am to 9:15 am."

Thomas said the outage only affected businesses - not residential customers.  By late Wednesday morning, power was fully restored.

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